the creation grasps to know You
and catches only a partial glimpse
that causes intrigue.
Your hand is at work
in the shaping of rock and plant
through the movement of water.
Your voice is heard
as the story of Jesus
is repeated in word and action
by those who want to know You
and those who offer an encounter
with Your presence
alive in the world today.
Your Spirit inspires and empowers
as Your love, justice and mercy
entwine around human hearts and relationships.
We worship You
for the myriad ways
that speak of You.
As we gather today
may we remember You
in the many relationships
that offer an image of You.
So we remember You as Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
and we remember You as mother, brother, sister, friend, sustainer and comforter.
Each of Your relationships offers us a vision
of how communities should live together,
where each party recognises the gifts and beauty of another.
We know that we fail
in our relationships
and can so easily tear our communities apart.
Forgive us for those times
when we have not been willing to hear the stories of another;
when we have undermined another with cruel words;
when we have taken more than we need
and not been prepared to make sacrifices.
Comforter and Sustainer,
You are at work in our hearts and minds,
transforming all that we have been
that we might offer Christ’s love
in all You invite us to do.