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A prayer after reading Luke 9:23-25

   O God who calls us to particular ways of being,

   Strengthen us to set aside our own self-interest,

   to take the risks you call us to take,

   to endure the accompanying trials,

   and to carry out restorative work in this world.

   We pray these things so that we may become

   More faithful followers of Jesus,

   And so we may learn anew what that truly means.