Vespers - Dinner Prayer

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Grace

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.
Amen.

New Testament Reading - The Resurrection of the Dead

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35But someone may ask, “How will the dead be brought back to life again? What kind of bodies will they have?” 36What a foolish question! You will find the answer in your own garden! When you put a seed into the ground it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it “dies” first. 37And when the green shoot comes up out of the seed, it is very different from the seed you first planted. For all you put into the ground is a dry little seed of wheat or whatever it is you are planting.

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42In the same way, our earthly bodies which die and decay are different from the bodies we shall have when we come back to life again, for they will never die. 43The bodies we have now embarrass us, for they become sick and die; but they will be full of glory when we come back to life again. Yes, they are weak, dying bodies now, but when we live again they will be full of strength. 44They are just human bodies at death, but when they come back to life they will be superhuman bodies. For just as there are natural, human bodies, there are also supernatural, spiritual bodies.

45The Scriptures tell us that the first man, Adam, was given a natural, human bodya but Christ* is more* than that, for he was life-giving Spirit.

46First, then, we have these human bodies, and later on God gives us spiritual, heavenly bodies. 47Adam was made from the dust of the earth, but Christ came from heaven above. 48Every human being has a body just like Adam’s, made of dust, but all who become Christ’s will have the same kind of body as his — a body from heaven. 49Just as each of us now has a body like Adam’s, so we shall some day have a body like Christ’s.

. . . . . 1 Corinthians 15:35-37,42-49
  1. Literally, “was made a living soul.” but Christ, literally, “the last Adam.” is more, implied.

Collect

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.
Amen.