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 87

  1. High on his holy mountain stands Zion,
    the city of God,
  2. the city he loves more than any other!

  3. O city of God,
    what wondrous tales are told of you!
  4. Nowadays when I mention among my friends
    the names of Egypt and Babylonia, Philistia and Tyre,
    or even distant Ethiopia,
    someone boasts that he was born in one or another of those countries.
  5. But someday the highest honor
    will be to be a native of Jerusalem!
    For the God above all gods will personally bless this city.
  6. When he registers her citizens,
    he will place a check mark
    beside the names of those who were born here.
  7. And in the festivals they’ll sing,
    “All my heart is in Jerusalem.”

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.