Reading and Prayer – July 5

Reading: Matthew 20:25-28 (NIV)

Jesus called his disciples together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Prayer:

God of All Creation:

Under the warmth of the summer sun and lifegiving rains, the world awakes and blossoms into every imaginable color.

 You created a garden for us to enjoy and within it planted the most magical of flower and trees. 

No horticultural training could improve upon your color scheme, no gardening expert could surpass your variety or design. 

Your garden is perfect; its colors harmonious, its scale immense. 

Creator God, who breathed this world into being,  

Whose creative power is discernible within the harmony of nature, 

in the perfection of a butterfly’s wing, 

the grandeur of a mountain range, 

the majesty of a soaring eagle and the intricacy of a hummingbird. 

Thank you for this world which you have created,

for this country of Canada, for this Island we call home. 

Thank you for summer sun which reminds us that your creative breath is still alive and active. 

Thank you for the warmth of your love sustaining this world, your garden.

Amen.