Dear friends in Christ,
Each Wednesday, prayers are offered in the Trinity’s historic Chapel early in the morning, midday, and then again at the end of the day. We pray for this faith community, giving thanks for all people who are connected to our Trinity, offering their gifts and their prayers here and in the world. We pray for all on our parish prayer list and any who are ill, grieving, or in distress. We pray for our country; for peace and goodwill throughout the world. We pray aloud for whatever is on hearts in the moment.
Before we head back to our desks, or out to our cars, we say together The General Thanksgiving; our worship and petitions conclude with this awareness of God’s bounty poured out in our lives—an “inestimable love”—unable to be measured or quantified. You may know the words: “…We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.”
This morning, my Christmas cactus is “kabad” –both heavy and glorious, with its profusion of blossoms. It reminds me of the outpouring of God’s love upon each of us. It speaks to the mystery and beauty of creation, new life, sustaining hope. It encourages that “sense of all God’s mercies,” helping my heart to be “unfeignedly thankful,” so that I go forth praising God this day “not only with my lips but in my life.”
Perhaps there is something like this for you? An image, a person, a pet, a friend, a piece of music? What reminds you of God’s “inestimable Love?” Give thanks today and everyday in your own words, by joining us on Wednesdays to pray together, or at home with your family in this beautiful, timeless prayer:
Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we thine unworthy servants
do give thee most humble and hearty thanks
for all thy goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless thee for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for thine inestimable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ,
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we beseech thee,
give us that due sense of all thy mercies,
that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful;
and that we show forth thy praise,
not only with our lips but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to thy service,
and by walking before thee
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with thee and the Holy Spirit,
be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.
Peace and blessings,
(Wednesday Office services at Trinity 7 am, Noon, and 4 pm; The General Thanksgiving is from the Book of Common Prayer, p. 58)