Sep 22, 2011

Litany of Thanksgiving: Christ With Us

Here is a litany of thanksgiving for the presence of Christ, written by Bruce Prewer.

Litany of Thanksgiving:
Christ in the Third Millennium

We delight, most loving God,
in the continuing influence of Christ Jesus in this third millennium:
Wonderful is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus,
who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

In every stimulating advance we make, he is there,
well ahead of us, asking us to go on in faith.
What eye has not seen, or the ear heard, or the mind conceived,
God has in store for those who love him.

Where we take a wrong turn
and end up in a maze of contemporary doubts and anxieties,
Christ is there to lead us through.
You have not chosen me. I have chosen you.
By grace you are saved, through faith;
not by your efforts but as a gift of God.

If we become disheartened by the ability of evil
to adopt new forms and corrupt new achievements,
he speaks with us.
I will not leave you all alone; I will come to you.
Cheer up, for I have overcome the evil of this world.

When we are disgusted with our own folly and sin,
in the name of God, Christ forgives us and lifts us up.
I did not come to condemn but to save.
Daughter, son, yours sins are forgiven you. Go in peace.

Whenever we are confused by the tough ethical decisions to be made
by a citizen of this twenty first century,
Christ is with us.
Seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness,
and all that you need will be given to you.
Love one another as I have loved you.

We delight, most loving God,
in all that Christ once was, is now, and ever shall be.
Neither life nor death, things present nor things to come,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(This may be followed by a sung doxology.)

—written by Bruce Prewer, and posted on Bruce Prewer’s Homepage

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