Saturday Theme – The Communion Of Saints
The night has passed and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.
As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you.
In the morning,
when I rise –
may my first thought
be of you, Lord.
To lift my voice in thanks –
for this new day,
for your love,
for the gifts
of family and friends
and fellow travellers
on the road.
The psalm of the day
suggested – 46, 87, 126, 127, 133
Lord, you open our hearts to receive your word,
Lord, have mercy
You take pleasure in your people,
Christ, have mercy
You send the along-side-one to be with us
Lord, have mercy
Collect / Affirmation of Faith
Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer.
Love exchanged in perfect harmony.
May we step out into
the deeper waters of community,
and, as we share our lives with one another,
grow in sacrificial love.
Scripture reading(s) for the day
Prayer of thanksgiving or prayer of concern.
It’s another day, Lord.
Another 24 hours,
just like every other day in the sense of time.
But it’s today, Lord.
Different to any other day,
with new possibilities
and new challenges;
to create goodness,
to mend brokenness,
to share in the joys and sorrows of others.
May this day be a day when I am attentive;
to those around me,
and to myself.
To become more,
to heal more,
and to love more.
In your name,
On our hearts, and on our houses –
the presence of God.
In our coming, and in our going –
the peace of God.
In our life, and in our believing –
the love of God.
In our church and in our community –
the blessing of God.
At our end and new beginning –
the arms of God
to welcome us
and bring us home.
Acknowledgment. ** Adapted from the closing responses
in ‘An Evening Service Of Communion,’
in the Iona Community Worship Book,
page 47 in my edition.