01.21.22 EChurch@Wartburg: N.T. Wright – After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters

 

A Litany of Thanksgiving from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979  link

Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us.
For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea. We thank you, Lord.
For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ, We thank you, Lord.
For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends, We thank you, Lord.

For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve, We thank you, Lord.
For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play, We thank you, Lord.
For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity, We thank you, Lord.
For all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice, We thank you, Lord.
For the communion of saints, in all times and places, We thank you, Lord.

Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord;
To him be praise and glory, with you, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.
Amen.

Prayer of St Augustine link

O Lord support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening come,
and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done.
Then, in thy mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last.
Amen

Prayer of St Augustine link

Holy God, your knowledge of me exceeds what I grasp or see in any moment;
you know me better than I know myself. Now, help me to trust in your mercy,
to see myself in the light of your holiness,
and grant me the grace that I may have true contrition,
make an honest confession, and find in you forgiveness and perfect remission.
Amen

Benediction: Aaronic Blessing (NIV): Numbers 6:24-26 link

The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”
Amen


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01.21.22 EChurch@Wartburg: N.T. Wright – After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters — 5 Comments

  1. Thanks, Dee; NTW is always a joy to hear.

    The thought occurs that the “gardening to produce good fruit” metaphor toward the end could be an argument for or a perspective on ‘what local assemblies ought to be.’ Perhaps the Spirit works most efficaciously in social environments that are characterized by self-giving love. “Love is our destiny” in the Age to Come, and it’s also the Divine modus operandi in the present Age.

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