Reading: 1 Peter 3:8-12
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For,
“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
and their lips from deceitful speech.
They must turn from evil and do good;
they must seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Almighty God, Father of us all, everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of you alone. It all comes from you, it all belongs to you, it all exists for your glory. History is your story. You are the compassionate and merciful one and you are loving to everyone you have made.
We thank you, God, for giving us life, for giving us love, for giving us a land of peace in which to live, a church in which to serve, and brothers and sisters with whom we serve together.
We pray that we will always be thankful for what you have given, for what you have done, for what you have enabled us to be and do and dream.
As we rise to each new day, bring your blessings to our mind, and guide us that we may begin our day thankful.
As we lay our heads to sleep, bring your blessings to our mind, and guide us that we may end each day thankful.