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.
New Testament Reading - God’s Promise Realized through Faith
20But Abraham never doubted. He believed God, for his faith and trust grew ever stronger, and he praised God for this blessing even before it happened. 21He was completely sure that God was well able to do anything he promised. 22And because of Abraham’s faith God forgave his sins and declared him “not guilty.”
23Now this wonderful statement — that he was accepted and approved through his faith — wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. 24It was for us, too, assuring us that God will accept us in the same way he accepted Abraham — when we believe the promises of God who brought back Jesus our Lord from the dead.. . . . . Romans 4:20-24
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.