this year, widen our vision,
broaden our minds and understanding,
deepen our compassion for those less fortunate,
strengthen our hands for service,
open our mouths to speak words that build others up,
unblock our ears to hear your voice and to listen to others around us,
and make our hearts beat along with yours.
In Jesus’ name.
– Pastor Nathan Hedt, Lakeside Lutheran College, Packenham, Victoria.