Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice – alive, holy, and pleasing to God – which is your reasonable service. Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.
Father God, we lift up to You, our friends and your loyal servants, Father Shaw and Mother Julie and Lydia Mudge. They have dedicated their lives to your service and have presented their bodies as a living sacrifice which we hope that You find holy and pleasing. Help them, Lord, to not be conformed to this present world, but instead transformed by the renewing of their minds; help them to hear your voice and to discern your will for them: that service to You which you deem good and well-pleasing and perfect. Let them feel your love and comfort and peace as they contemplate their futures. Amen.