Sunday, November 20, 2011

.sunday morning.

The Lord be with you. 
And also with you.
Lift up your heart.
We lift them up to the Lord.
 Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give Him thanks and praise.


It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere,
to give thanks and praise to You, Father Almighty;
our Creator and Lover, O Giver of life.
You make all things and call them good.
You love us into being,
You form us in Your image,
and breathe into us the breath of life.
When we turn away, and our love fails, Your love remains steadfast.
You delivered us from captivity, and made covenant to be our sovereign God.
You stretch forth Your hand to heal.

Through Your Son Jesus Christ,
with Your Holy Spirit in Your Holy Church,
all honor and glory is Yours, Almighty Father,
now and forever.

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Human Needs Global Resources Covenant, 2009

As fellow travelers on this journey, we commit to this covenant before God. Lord, in Your mercy, hear these our prayers:

When confronted with scarcity, need, and inadequacy, may we be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Abundance overflows from Your table, sustaining all who come in faith. Father, help us.

When monotony blurs our vision and dulls our senses, may we encounter others as Christ did, through intentional presence in daily life, submitting as clay to be formed into vessels filled with the Spirit. Christ, guide us.

When wounded by the fractured condition of Your people, may we be united by Your Lordship in faith, hope, and love; seeing, as through the facets of a diamond, the beautiful spectrum of Your light reflected onto Your holy Church joined in praise. Spirit, empower us.

When all Creation groans, afflicted by injustice and driven to despair, may the promise of redemption root us in the hope of Your Kingdom: "Behold, I am making all things new!"

Holy Trinity, send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve You with gladness and singleness of heart.