August 6th, 2023

We give you thanks and praise always, Creator God,

for your love and knowledge surpasses all.

Like a potter at the wheel, you created every part of us,

shaping us in secret, in the hidden depths.

You read our inmost thoughts and desires and keep your hand upon us.

You know us by name and have claimed us as your own.

You are familiar with all of our ways,

our greatest joys and our deepest pain.

You know our dreams and our hopes.

You know what causes us to stumble or stray.

Your desire for our flourishing is steadfast.

Still, your hand of blessing and healing is upon us.

May your hand of blessing rest upon and uphold

those whose needs we know

and those whose needs are tucked deep in their hearts.

Be comfort for the grieving,

strength for the weary.

Lead the wandering by your hand of grace.

Surround the despairing, the lonely, the isolated with your joy and hope.

Fill our hearts, our homes,

our country, and your world with your peace.

As we soak in these summer days,

we pray for safety for summer travellers,

restoration that comes with vacation time,

meaningful times of fellowship

and delight in all the flavours and bounty of this season.

Loving and creative God, make us the people you want us to be.

May we follow in the path of Jesus each day

and proclaim your love in all that we say and do.

We pray in the strong name of Jesus. Amen