I hope you all have an enjoyable day ahead of you.
Most merciful Father, we humbly thank you for all your gifts so freely bestowed upon us: for life and health and safety, for strength to work and leisure to rest, for all that is beautiful in creation and in human life; but above all we thank you for our spiritual mercies in Christ Jesus our Lord; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The 2019 Prayer Book appoints the following lessons and psalm for the Communion service today:
- Deuteronomy 8
- Psalm 65:1-8(9-14)
- James 1:17-27
- Matthew 6:25-33
I can even give you a tiny sermon outline I used a couple years ago with these propers.
How to Give Thanks like a Christian
Introduction: The Collect sets the stage and previews where we’re going.
Step One: Deuteronomy 8 is a sermon, warning us against thanklessness.
Step Two: Psalm 65 is an example of giving thanks.
Step Three: James 1 makes us look inside ourselves, at how thankfulness should change us.
Step Four: Matthew 6 proclaims the Gospel: God cares for you! You are free to pursue him without worry or fear.
Take-away: Return to the Collect; pray it heartily!