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 - Paul in Asia

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1While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through Turkey and arrived in Ephesus, where he found several disciples.

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8Then Paul went to the synagogue and preached boldly each Sabbath daya for three months, telling what he believed and why,* and persuading many to believe in Jesus. 9But some rejected his message and publicly spoke against Christ, so he left, refusing to preach to them again. Pulling out the believers, he began a separate meeting at the lecture hall of Tyrannus and preached there daily. 10This went on for the next two years, so that everyone in the Turkish province of Asia Minor — both Jews and Greeks — heard the Lord’s message.

. . . . . Acts 19:1,8-10
  1. Implied. telling what he believed and why, literally, “concerning the Kingdom of God.”

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.