Creative God, thank you for our world,
for humans, plants, and animals.
We see amazing creatures
at the bottom of the sea on T.V.
We see birds with colorful plumage,
monkeys of many shapes and sizes,
and plants popping up everywhere.
Creative God, what fun you have
thinking up new things all the time.
Scientists say there are yet creatures
to be discovered and named.
You have given us artists, musicians,
and business men who create
with the materials you supply.
Thank you, Creative God,
for all the wonders of our world.
One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
Around our apartments, O Lord,
magnolias are blooming
along with cherry, pear, and crabapple trees.
Spring is a beautiful time of year.
On television, we see that even desert countries
have rainy seasons with flowers springing up
You have given us this wonderful planet.
Preserving it in peace is important to all of us.
Open our hearts to embrace our differences
and learn to love others as you do.
Teach us to share the bounty you give us.
In Jesus name, Amen.
Isaiah 58: 6a, 7
Is this not the fast I choose:
Is it not to share your bread with the hnngry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked to cover them, and not hide yourself from your own kin?
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Gracious God, it’s time to plant pansies
in the window box on the balcony
of our retirement apartment.
Flowers are such a wonderful part of your creation.
They tell of your care.
People bring flowers to shut-ins
to brighten their day.
Flowers grace weddings and funerals.
They decorate banquet tables
and inspire lovers.
Children love to pick them.
Thank you, Gracious God,
for this reminder of your love.
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
In church on Sunday, Lord,
we had the scripture
of your appearance at Emmaus
and how the disciples recognized you
in the breaking of the bread.
Where and when do we see you today?
Are we aware of your presence
when we take communion?
I remember when your presence
became real to me as a child.
I look forward to being fully with you in heaven.
Until then, I’m wondering about seeing you every day:
in other people, in the garden, and during communion.
Open my eyes, Lord, that I may recognize you
when you come by.
When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.
Last night, Lord, we attended a program
in our auditorium
in which volunteers told
of the work they do
in a program which helps
children and young people,
who are learning English,
with their homework.
Another part of the program
works with the parents.
This program was begun
by one of your ministers, Lord.
Your servants find many ways
to help and inspire others.
Thank you, Lord. Bless all those
who participate. Amen.
Those who are kind reward themselves.
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith, by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
Ah, Lord, now we read in the newspaper
that our use of gas and oil
is changing our weather pattern.
Friday they predicted snow and sleet
even though cherry blossoms were in bloom.
Can we really do something, Lord,
or shall we wait for you to end the world?
We are careless of our beautiful planet
that you have given us to tend and keep.
Show us what we can do
to avert disaster. Amen.
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
People are naturally curious, Lord.
If we weren’t, we would still be
in the Garden of Eden.
You made us that way.
What is your explanation?
Many inventions come on the market every day
because of someone’s curiosity.
It’s an enigma, Lord.
But no matter how much knowledge
love is more important.
Your love, as shown by Christ’s sacrifice,
is our necessity.
1 Corinthians 13:8
Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.