God of home

A liturgy on the occasion of moving out from an apartment:

One: God of home: thank you for your dream of making a home with us (Exod 29:45; 2 Cor 6:16).

Unison: We pray you would fulfill that dream, and haste the day when you will dwell in our midst (Rev 21:3).

One: Thank you for your promise to make your people “live in a peaceful dwelling, in secure homes, in carefree resting places” (Isa 32:18, CEB).

Unison: We thank you for this space that has been our home this year. You gave it to us, for a time, in answer to prayer.

One: Thank you for the times of joy we have known here: embracing and laughter and good, ordinary life together.

Unison: We pray that you would consecrate such times to our memory: may we never forget your gifts given to us here (Ps 103:2); but let the Spirit remind us of your generosity (1 Cor 2:12). And we pray you would be so gracious to those who come after us.

One: We remember also the times of hardship: all the tears and strife and worry.

Unison: We pray that you would leaven these memories with your own compassion: help us to see Christ by us, even then. Make the valley of trouble into a doorway of hope (Hos 2:15), and make the desert into pools of water (Ps 107:35). And we pray that you would shelter those who come after us, and give them peace.

One: We remember Christ, who had no place to lay his head (Lk 9:58).

Unison: We thank you that he became poor so that we might become rich (2 Cor 8:9); homeless, that we might belong to God’s household (Eph 2:19). We pray that you would help those who have no place now to lay their heads. Answer your promise, to settle the lonely in homes (Ps 68:6).

One: Go before us, now, Lord.

Unison: Go before us, and be true to your name in the next place that we live: let us find you there also, compassionate and merciful, patient and loyal, forgiving and just (Exod 34:6-7).

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