the one who set the stars in their places
the one who determined the position of the sun and the orbit of the moon
we give your honour and praise this day
the one who declared the place of the earth on its axis
the one who appointed the seasons of the year
the one who established who granted to all creation these marker by which time is measured
we give you honour and praise this day
for without the measure of the time, how would we know our lives stories?
Without the measure of time, how could we know how long we have waited for good news?
Without the measure of time, how would we know when to come here, in reverence and love, to worship you in song, in prayer and in word this hour?
Guide our path through the wilderness, we pray.
Give us streams of water to follow, where life is abundant
Assist us to follow the new way you have planned for us.
That we may ever honour and proclaim your praise, in all we are, all we do, all we say, this day and always
guide and challenge us
comfort and control us, to grow in discipleship
to grow in love and devotion for Christ our Lord
that, when we meet him face to face, we may hold nothing back from him
even where others may scorn our actions.
Christ our Lord
we bow at your feet
knowing we have failed you,
by showing false piety
by criticising others for their generosity
by saying one thing with our lips and another by our actions
Yet, when we look up from your feet, we see you smiling at us, with a care and gentleness which cannot be explained
and we know, we are forgiven, again and again, through your unfailing love