Once we were God’s enemies,
far away from God;
but now by the Son’s death,
God has made us friends.
New Testament Reading - Those punished who 'destroy the earth'.
16Then the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshipped God, 17singing,
‘We give you thanks, Lord God Almighty,
who are and who were,
for you have taken your great power
and begun to reign.
18The nations raged,
but your wrath has come,
and the time for judging the dead,
for rewarding your servants,a the prophets
and saints and all who fear your name,
both small and great,
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.’
19Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple; and there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.. . . . . Revelation 18:16-29 (NRSVA)
- Gk slaves
God our Father,
You created the world
And sent your own Son to live among us,
made of the same stuff,
breathing the same air,
marvelling at sunrise and sunset just as we do.
Help us to participate in the life around and within us
as your life,
as you living in us and we living in you.
God of love and life,
restore us to your peace,
renew us through your power
and teach us to love all that you have created
and to care for the earth as your gift
and our home.