God, as we begin this new — long-awaited! — phase of our life together in you, I ask that you bless us with an ever-increasing measure of your Spirit. Teach us your ways. Form us in your image. Mold us as individuals and as a community of your people. Let us be people of faith, hope, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, all founded upon humility and guided by wisdom. Let us be cruciformed, kenotic people who live in the necessary tension of sacrifice and overwhelming joy and life. Let us be people of justice and of mercy, people of your kingdom. Let that kingdom be present in us and on earth as it is in heaven. You, God, are greatly to be praised! Amen.

[For tonight, our first night of residence in the College Heights neighborhood.]