21st January 2022
Trust in the Lord and be doing good; dwell in the land and be nourished with truth.
Let your delight be in the Lord and he will give you your heart’s desire.
Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in him, and he will bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:3-5)
You Lord are the bread of life;
feed us with your wisdom.
Our meat is to do the Father’s will.
guide us in all we do.
Whenever we eat or drink
Let it be to the glory of God.
He shall judge between many peoples,
and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away;
they shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
and their spears into pruning-hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more; but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees,
and no one shall make them afraid;
for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken. (Micah 4:3-4)
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
Year by year, the earth produces fresh food, enough to feed 10 billion people.
He leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
River waters flow through all the earth’s continents – volumes of fresh water but unequally apportioned.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Your word shows us where truth lies, your wisdom guides us.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
Rather amongst business leaders and politicians, autocrats and diktats do I tremble.
but you are with me;
your rod and your staff— they comfort me.
As you comfort and protect us, so may we comfort and protect all who live in fear.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
May we be peace makers, generously sharing the abundance we have.
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
May we bring health and well being to all our brother and sisters in creation.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
May we all dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of our lives.
(Psalm 23 with added responses)
The Grace is said together .