They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Everyday they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
We praise you, Father and Lord, with all our heart;
Gathered near and far as a congregation of your people,
we worship you in prayer, word and song.
For you have done amazing and wonderful things;
Your blessings to us are without number, and fill our lives with joy.
All the good in our lives is a gift of your hand,
and reminds us of your unfailing love.
The beauty of each fall day, the refreshing change of the seasons,
brings your creative wonder and your constant care before us.
You provide us with nourishment for our bodies and our souls,
and help us live each day.
You have given us a safe and secure land in which to live,
a land of beauty and of plenty,
and the freedom to gather in worship of you.
You have given us a land of opportunity and equity,
where we try to reflect your justice, goodness and love.
For your goodness, righteousness and love are forever, your salvation
is eternal, and your mercy and grace are with us all our days.
Give us understanding, insight, perception and wisdom, that we might
see and understand your unfailing love permeating all our world,
and all our lives. And so help us, Lord God, to truly live for you, and so to truly live a worthwhile and blessed life.
For so often, Father, our lives are lived in pointless pursuits.
Unaware of your blessings and love, blind to that which is truly of value,
We travel the wrong paths, pursue the wrong goals,
and end each day unfulfilled.
Poor in spirit, we seek richness in material things,
and place ourselves at the centre of our concerns.
Forgive us our sins, we pray.
Forgive us our selfishness and our failure to truly see.
Open our hearts and our minds to your unending faithfulness,
and to the wonder of your love.
Hear our silent prayers, O Lord…
Hear the Good News!
The Lord our God has done amazing and wonderful things;
God’s blessings to us are without number, and fill our lives with joy.
God has brought forgiveness, restoration and salvation-life
To all who would call upon his name,
To all who would turn to Jesus as Saviour and Lord.
This is our hope, our courage, our strength:
We are made new in Jesus Christ. Amen.