5th May 2023
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
You Lord, are the source of all good things:
We praise you.
You call us to tend and care for your creation:
May we strive to do your will.
You have made us as brothers and sisters with all that lives:
May we live together in peace.
A reading from John 14:15-17
‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.”
In the warm sun, the aroma of coffee, the embrace of a friend,
God is my comforter.
In the fresh air in my lungs, the soil beneath my feet, the push of the wind,
God is my strength.
From the contentment of the cat and the playfulness of the otter,
God is my guide.
In the midst of strangers, in the face of opposition and contempt,
God is my advocate.
In the blue of the sky, the green of the leaves, the love of neighbour,
God is my truth-teller
In rise of the hills, the flow of the tide, the song of the bird,
God is my inspiration.
Holy God, I thank you that you are the ever-abiding presence
that brings new life.
May I in turn share that good news with all whom I meet.