Reading: 1 Peter 1:6-9
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Creator God, we glimpse your beauty
in the fullness of spring, the warmth of the sun,
the planting of fields.
We sense your power in the rush of wind,
in the change of seasons, in the ocean’s roar.
Creator God we praise you.
Precious Jesus, we see your love stretched out upon a cross.
We stand in awe at your sacrifice,
pure love poured out for humankind.
Precious Jesus we praise you.
Holy Spirit, we see your power in lives transformed,
in hearts turned to love.
We listen for your still, small voice,
comforting, guiding, calling.
Holy Spirit we praise you.
Lord God, your love for humankind,
present in the beginning of all things,
extends throughout history and touches even us.
Your love sees failings and forgives.
Your love feels pain and wipes away our tears.
Your love knows grief and comforts the sorrowful.
Your love sees sin and still loves the sinner.
Your love sees need, and moves your people to respond.
Lord God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we praise your holy name.