Almighty God, our creator and our redeemer. When you created us as human beings you gave us minds to reason and to reflect; you gave us hearts for compassion, and kindness, and understanding. We confess to you that all too often we neglect the gifts of heart and mind when we succumb to fear, and to pressures from others, and to sloganeering. And so we ask that you restore us to cast off fear and take on courage, and to use our minds and hearts as the gift you intended them to be. And seeing in one another that we are all frail human beings, succumb to the same fears and pressures and, yet, aspiring to be the noble stuff for which you have created us to be. And seeing each other in this way, strengthen us to work for the service of your people, created, here in New Hampshire, together. Amen.