Vespers - Dinner Prayer



Dear God,
thank you for all that is good,
for our creation and for our humanity,
for the gifts of life and of one another,
for your love which is unbounded and eternal.
for the food before us,
the family and friends beside us
and the love between us.

Psalm 103

  1. Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name.
  2. Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and do not forget all his benefits—
  3. who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
  4. who redeems your life from the Pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
  5. who satisfies you with good as long as you live
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
  6. The Lord works vindication
    and justice for all who are oppressed.
  7. He made known his ways to Moses,
    his acts to the people of Israel.
  8. The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
  9. He will not always accuse,
    nor will he keep his anger for ever.
  10. He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
  11. For as the heavens are high above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love
    towards those who fear him;
  1. as far as the east is from the west,
    so far he removes our transgressions from us.
  2. As a father has compassion for his children,
    so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.
  3. For he knows how we were made;
    he remembers that we are dust.
  4. As for mortals, their days are like grass;
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
  5. for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more.
  6. But the steadfast love of the Lord
    is from everlasting to everlasting
    on those who fear him,
    and his righteousness to children’s children,
  7. to those who keep his covenant
    and remember to do his commandments.
  8. The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
    and his kingdom rules over all.
  9. Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his bidding,
    obedient to his spoken word.
  10. Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
    his ministers that do his will.
  11. Bless the Lord, all his works,
    in all places of his dominion.
    Bless the Lord, O my soul.


Eternal Spirit, living God,
in whom we live and move and have our being,
all that we are, have been, and shall be is known to you,
to the very secret of our hearts
and all that rises to trouble us.
Living flame burn into us,
cleansing wind, blow through us,
fountain of water, well up within us,
that we may love and praise in deed and in truth.