Gracious Creator, Lord, mother and father of us all, We love you this morning. We really do. And we are so deeply thankful for the the unending and undeserved love and grace you pour into our lives.
We know your love extends to all of your creation, yet we admit we don’t always act as if we acknowledge that, or if we even care. Forgive our often callous disregard for our brothers and sisters created in your image. You have taught us that our love for them is actually our love for you.
Help us love the least of these among us more deeply with each passing day. Empower us through your Holy Spirit to actively seek justice for the poor at every opportunity. Grant us obvious opportunities to reach out in your love and compassion to feed those among us who hunger. And let us never forget to praise you for all such opportunities for grace. Amen
God of grace and God of glory, we pause this morning to offer you praise and thanks for the truly awesome creation we call home. We cannot begin to fathom love so deep that you would send you only son to make sure we remained in a perfect relationship with you. Thank you for such love. Thank you for such mercy. Thank you for such grace. Help us to live in that love, Help us to walk in that mercy. And help us to share that grace with all those we meet.
Let each moment of our lives reflect to those around us the same love you have given so freely to us. May every day of our lives bring us ever closer to you. And may those in greatest need, those who feel most alone, those whose hunger is the deepest, those who are most oppressed, those who have nowhere left to run or nowhere left to hide, those who you loved enough to allow your son to die for, may each one of them feel your presence in a special way this morning.
And may your presence so move us this morning that we would seek out those we know are in need. Allow us to be your love incarnate to bathe the dirty, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless, and above all, forgive us our indifference and lack of compassion, and grant us the grace to simply be your disciples in a broken world. In your son’s name, Amen.
Thank you, O God, for the wonders of your creation. Thank you for the perfection of the world which your grace has provided for us. Thank you for your constant and sustaining presence in our lives. Yet, even as we praise you for your goodness and your mercy, we must ask your forgiveness, as well.
Forgive us for taking your perfect creation for granted. Forgive us for wantonly destroying the irreplaceable beauty that surrounds us. Forgive us for our unrelenting greed for more and better while ignoring the cries of our family who have little or nothing.
Grant us new vision, O God. Open our eyes wide enough to see our world even as you do. May our hearts be melted with the grief you feel for those that are forced to needlessly suffer want in a world of plenty. Help us to love each other, even as you love us. And may you so fill us with the miracle-working power of the Holy Spirit that our hunger for justice would force us to act on behalf those of our family whose hunger for bread overshadows all else.
Let your justice fill the earth, O Lord. And grant each of us the grace to be a part in making it happen. In your Son’s name. Amen