We come today, O GOD, as near strangers
gathered from scattered lives,
from families who no longer live close by.
Be the common thread running throught our reuniting
as we recall and rededicate our ancestors’ memories.
Bless us, Lord, the next generation, as we take our places as the ancestors-to-be.
Bless and guide the young ones, our descendants.
Help us be worthy of their remembering.
Through this weekend of reunion and catching up, embrace us
refreshed, and revitalized
until we once again join hands as family-
A family growing in grace,
Rooted in love.