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Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31
O most generous and gracious God, we are a blessed people. Blessed beyond the wildest imaginations of most people in the world today. Blessed with material goods, security, comforts and even extravagances. Blessed with family, friends, work, play, leisure and the means to enjoy it. We are blessed to be living here, blessed to be alive in these times, so blessed.
Forgive us for seeking to secure further blessing, and forgive our misguided attempt to rely on the blessing and not the One who blesses.
For you have blessed us to be a blessing. May we with goods and services be a blessing to those without. May we with prayers and petitions be a blessing to those near and far who are in dire need. May we with our time be a blessing to the lonely. May we with our money be a blessing to the poor. May we with our deep concern and abilities be a blessing to those suffering injustice. May we in our comfort and security be a blessing to those who live in constant fear. May we in our fellowship be the blessing of community for those who have none. And may we as the church of Jesus Christ be a blessed foretaste of Your Kingdom of love for all.
The world’s a mess, O Lord, and yet you bless. Let us not hoard the blessing, but trust your benevolence as we open the floodgates of generosity.
All this we ask in the glorious name of the One who withheld nothing but gave all, Jesus the Christ, who taught us to pray…
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.