DINNER (Vespers)

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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.

Psalm 4

  1. Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
    You gave me room when I was in distress.
    Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.
  2. How long, you people, shall my honour suffer shame?
    How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies? Selah
  3. But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;
    the Lord hears when I call to him.
  4. When you are disturbed, do not sin;
    ponder it on your beds, and be silent.Selah
  5. Offer right sacrifices,
    and put your trust in the Lord.
  6. There are many who say, ‘O that we might see some good!
    Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!’
  7. You have put gladness in my heart
    more than when their grain and wine abound.
  8. I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
    for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

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.