Gracious and loving God,
you bring good tidings to the afflicted,
bind up the broken-hearted,
and proclaim liberty to the captives;
we thank you for sending Elizabeth Fry
into the prisons with words of comfort and deeds of care:
grant that all who minister to those in prison
may be filled with your compassion
and be bearers of your hope;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
you call us to serve you with all the strength we have:
you are faithful to those you call;
may Jesus’ resurrection raise us if we stumble,
the Christlight beckon us if we lose our way,
and we shall have strength once more
to walk with you to the cross.