Mighty God, thank you that you are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Jesus said that he would build the church and the gates of Hell would not prevail against it. Lord, fill your church with the security that comes from knowing we are protected by you. Fill us, too, with boldness to reach others. You are able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or imagine, according to the power at work within us. To you be glory throughout all generations, forever and ever. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.