Saying Grace

Sung Grace:

All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above. Then thank the Lord, oh thank the Lord for all his love.

Thank you Lord for giving us food, right where we are. Amen!

Thank you for the world so sweet, thank you for the food we eat, thank you for the birds that sing, thank you, God for everything.

For health and strength and daily food, we praise your name, O God. (may be sung as a round)

Said Grace:

For what we are about to receive may the Lord make us truly thankful.

Bless us oh Lord for these thy gifts that we’re about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Lord, bless those that sit at this table, the food that is on it, and those who prepared it. Amen.

God we thank you for our food, for work and play and all that’s good, for wind and rain and sun above, but most of all for your great love.

Thou who has given so much to me, give one thing more, a grateful heart. (George Herbert)

Come Lord Jesus, be our guest, and may our meal by you be blest.

Give thanks to the LORD,a for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 107.1)

Humorous Graces:

God, bless this bunch as they munch their lunch.

For well filled plate and brimming cup and freedom from the washing up, we thank you, Lord.

Rub-a-dub-dub, thanks for the grub.

Down head, up paws, thank God we’ve jaws.

 

 

Prayer: God can take our jumbled lives…

… and make something beautiful. Make sure you watch this video to the end!

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A short testimony on the power of prayer by Bishop Michael Curry (who preached at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex):

Thy Kingdom Come!

Today is the beginning of Thy Kingdom Come 2020 – a global prayer initiative spanning many countries and denominations. This song is a heartfelt prayer, sung to a well-known tune.

A Postscript to VE Day: Bonhoeffer’s Creed

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed for his resistance to Hitler on 9 April 1945 in Flossenbürg Concentration Camp, only four weeks before VE Day. He wrote this creed days before his execution by the Gestapo:

I believe that God can and will generate good out of everything, even out of the worst evil. For that, he needs people who allow that everything that happens fits into a pattern for good.

I believe that God will give us in each state of emergency as much power of resistance as we need. But he will not give in advance, so that we do not rely on ourselves but on him alone. Through such faith all anxiety concerning the future should be overcome.

I believe that even our mistakes and failings are not in vain, and that it is not more difficult for God to cope with these as with our assumed good deeds.

I believe that God is not a timeless fate, but that he waits for and responds to honest prayers and responsible action. Amen.

(Flossenbürg Concentration Camp today: Walking into the light)