I’ve long said that the motto of the United Methodist Church is best read as a call to action. It is not a descriptor so much as a call to action. I take the word “open” to be a verb. It is a call to action to do all that I can to open hearts, doors, and minds. Including my own.
A prayer for illumination, to be read responsively in worship before the reading of the Scripture.
One: Open our hearts
All: That the Holy Spirit may move through the reading of the Word.
One: Open our minds.
All: That we may hear again the story of salvation.
One: Open our doors
All: That all may know the love and grace of Christ.