In this our corner of the world we are ever aware
of the abundance that we can enjoy.
We do not always
appreciate the ways in which life overflows for us.
So today we take time
to thank you for the generosity
as we enjoy a wide variety of different foods.
We praise you for the wealth of human experience
we gain in our relationships and friendships,
and for the way in which Your Holy Spirit moulds and shapes us
as we encounter your living presence in other people.
We thank you
for the opportunities
we enjoy to feed our imaginations
and to expand our lifestyles:
So we thank you for the gifts of reading and writing,
our enjoyment of drama,
of sport and arts and crafts.
And we praise You for the quiet moments,
the times when we share time with you alone.
we bring to you in prayer
those whose resources are running out:
we remember the poor and the hungry,
those who are caught in the struggle for justice,
countries and people burdened with large amounts of debt.
May Your will be done,
as You call us to change our ways
and use the abundance we have been given
to share with others.
We remember those
who feel that their resources for living are running low,
and think of those who are ill or less able,
as they find the basic movement each day a struggle.
We think of the sorrowful and the despairing,
as they mourn loved ones,
or grieve for unresolved situations.
In this time of recession
we know there are those
who feel stressed, exhausted and overwhelmed
by their working lives,
and family commitments.
May your will be done
as You call us to change how we live,
that we do not make unnecessary demands upon others
and instead offer them
time and care in the way they live.
we come as Your church
hoping to bathe in the abundance of Your Spirit
so that we may live as those willing to use Your resources
in our daily living.
With the faith and courage You offer,
make us bold in the ways in which we make You known.
With wisdom and love,
help to listen and learn from the experiences of others
and be open-heated in how we care.
May Your will be done
as You call us
to make use of the gifts of Your Holy Spirit
as they equip us
for our walk with Jesus Christ.