Spirit of eternal blessings,
We come before you this morning after a cold winter week, rubbing the sleep from our eyes and shaking our heads to take away the troubles of these days. Waking to your presence, we are both thrilled and uplifted by the generosity of your abundant creation. Turning finally towards you, we see the world as a child sees the prospect of a gift all wrapped with colored paper. We delight in the wonder of the world that you have given to us.
In the peace of this your sanctuary, we can now see more clearly your vision of the life that you would have us live. As you take the dimness of our eyes away, we see as if for the first time the beauty of the earth, the mystery of life itself.
We give thanks this day for the example and teachings of your Son, Jesus, who you sent to us to help us see the way to your truth. He walked among your people those many centuries ago, and he continues to be with us today.
For those who called out his name, he cast out demons, calmed the waters, healed the leper, and welcomed those who were cast out as unclean. We call on you this morning to help clear our souls of the demons that at times have taken hold of us. Help us throw out these troubling spirits, and bring us back to your eternal cleansing message of hope and love.
We know that in our faith in your Son, Jesus that we can find the strength to resist all evil and temptation. It is in the spirit that we reenact today the Supper that our Lord shared with his disciples in his last days on earth with us. We take part in the breaking of the bread and the drinking of the fruit of the vine in His memory. We give thanks for your constant presence as we experience in this celebration of love.
For we give thanks in the name of your Son, Jesus, who cleanses us from all our sin.