Ever-present, Loving God, with humble gratitude I offer the prayers of my heart. I have so much for which to be thankful...for every glimpse of your love and grace that touches my life, for shelter and food to sustain me, for the sense of your Spirit hovering close in the ordinary and extraordinary moments of life.
God, I'm thankful tonight for cool autumn evenings and the symphony of barking dogs outside my window (though honestly, they may not sound as good in a few hours). I'm thankful for my faith community and the blessing of serving in their midst.
As we honour the saints who have gone before us, I ask your blessing upon our church family this morning. Enfold us all in your care, and etch upon our hearts the assurance that in life, in death and in life beyond death, we are not alone - you are with us. Bless all who are feeling the cold sting of a recent bereavement, as well as those whose loss is slowly evolving into a bittersweet ache in the soul.
God, I'm also thankful tonight for the support and care of our online faith community, the RevGals. I pray that all who are called to preach the word this morning will be blessed and lifted up on the wings of the Spirit's bold care and inspiration. All this I pray in the name of the One who calls me forward, Jesus Christ, who taught his friends to pray together saying...
(* A reminder: Don't forget to change your clocks if you are in an area affected by Daylight Savings Time.)