Bless the Lord, whose name is to be praised,
Our Father who art in heaven,
who has given us his laws,
to show us the error of our ways,
Blessed is his son, Christ the Messiah,
who redeemed us from having broken them.
Blessed are you, O Holy Spirit,
who assists us in sinning no more,
and sustains us in the way of the Lord,
grant us wisdom and understanding this day.
Old Testament Reading - Humans created and given stewardship of the Earth
26Then God said, “Let us make a mana — someone like ourselves,* to be the master of all life upon the earth and in the skies and in the seas.”
27So God made man like his Maker.
Like God did God make man;
Man and maid did he make them.
28 And God blessed them and told them, “Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it; you are masters of the fish and birds and all the animals. 29And look! I have given you the seed-bearing plants throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. 30And I’ve given all the grass and plants to the animals and birds for their food.” 31Then God looked over all that he had made, and it was excellent in every way. This ended the sixth day.b
21Now at last the heavens and earth were successfully completed, with all that they contained.. . . . .Genesis 1:26-2:1
- Literally, “men.” someone like ourselves, literally, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.”
- Literally, “And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day (or ‘period of time’).”
Please remember our Prayer Requests
We pray for all people in their daily life and work;
For our families, friends, and neighbours
and for those who are alone.
For this community,
and the world;
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.
Hear us, Lord;
For your mercy is great.