November 24, 2019

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,
KING OF THE UNIVERSE
NOVEMBER 24, 2019

BEFORE WORK

Focusing
You must bring him everything!
Your dreams, your successes, your rejoicing.
And if you have little to rejoice over, bring him that little.
And if your life seems only like a heap of fragments,
bring him the fragments.
And if you have only empty hands, bring him your empty hands.
Shattered hopes are his material;
in his hands all is made good.

Scripture
They left weeping, weeping,
casting the seed.
They come back singing, singing,
holding high the harvest.

Let your loveliness shine on us,
and bless the work we do,
bless the work of our hands.

I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.
So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything,
but only God who gives the growth . . .
For we are God’s servants, working together.

For we are what he has made us,
created in Christ Jesus for good works.

Meditation
Before we begin our work, we turn to you O Lord.
For it is your work that we do, the work of your gospel.
We know this but we often lose sight of it.
We begin to rely on our own efforts only.
Or we lose sight of the vision and get absorbed in the details.
And so today, we bring to our work a lively sense that you,
Lord,
are the ground and the goal, the inspiration of all that we do.
In this awareness may we do our work lovingly.
In this awareness may we do our work joyfully.
May we be not too quick with our judgements,
our agenda, our interpretations.
May we pause patiently, to open up your wisdom,
to see with your eyes.

And may we be not so absorbed in our tasks
that we forget our co-workers and those for whom we struggle.
May the way in which we carry out our work
make for healing and reassurance for all.

Quiet Prayer/Shared Prayer

Blessing

Bless us, O Lord, in our work today,
Bless us, O Lord, and be with us, we pray.
May all that we do your glory proclaim,
may all that we do be done in your name.
Donal Harrington and Julie Kavanaugh

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