Manna

You, O God, are the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
Sustain us according to your promise
and we shall live.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
You have blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ
to the praise of your glorious grace,
which you have freely given us in the Beloved
And now we give you thanks because in love you adopted us through Jesus Christ: Our God In heaven
Hallowed be your name!

As we dare to intercede for a breaking world, we fear that our human agendas and earth-framed ideas fall short of true wisdom. So we ask, God of all mercies, not for our will but yours to be done.
For the misled and the disregarded
Not human scheming
but your will be done.
For the elites and powerful,
your will be done.
For the exploiters of others,
your will be done.
For the fearful and weak,
your will be done.
For the cynical and world-weary,
your will be done.
For the blindly pious and the users of religion,
your will be done.
For those just doing their jobs,
your will be done.
For the helpless and the hopeless,
your will be done.
For the despairing and crushed in spirit
 your will be done.
and we ask in hope that our prayerful imaginings may grow into God’s, as we consider the forces in our times still arrayed for woe and for ill.
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as in heaven.

We do not live by bread alone
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

One of these scriptures is read

 Matthew 6.33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 14.16 Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”

Luke 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written, “One does not live by bread alone.’ ”

Romans 8:32 [God] did not spare his own son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also graciously give us all things?

John 6:51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

 A time of reflection

My soul faints with longing for your salvation,
and in your word have I put my hope.

You supply seed to the sower and bread for food, supply and multiply our seed for sowing and increase the harvest of our righteousness
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
Into what will sustain our life in you, lead us.

… reflection and requests for daily bread and provision.

We look to you to supply our need.
Be our provider and strength.

We have lived within the horizons of this life alone, failing to take our bearings from eternal Life.
Merciful God, forgive us.
And restore us to life.
We have laid others in the tomb of our unforgiveness, withholding the word of life.
Forgive us, Merciful God
And restore us to life-giving.
Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us the peace and forgiveness of God.

Our hearts tell of your Word, O God, “Seek my face”.
Your face, Lord, will we seek (Ps 27)
As we go from this time and place, we go seeking

What is it that we seek?
We seek God’s heart and holiness.
Let’s seek with all our reflecting
Amen. God be our wisdom.
Let’s seek with all our attentiveness
Amen. God be our centre.
Let’s seek with all our valuing
Amen. God be our vision.
Let’s seek with all our efforts
Amen. God be our strength and refuge.

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