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May 11


Adapted from: https://www.ocsta.on.ca/project/nurturing-hope-cultiver-lesperance/

 

Call to prayer:

When the snow begins to melt, do you find yourself looking for green grass, leaves and maybe flowers like crocuses or tulips? Looking forward to new life is part of being hopeful. These days it might be difficult to know where to look for hope as many people seem a little sad or lonely.

God's love offers us hope with every new day. We simply need to look around us at the world bursting with new life in so many ways to begin to see and understand God's love for us. Today, united in the hope that comes to us through our friend Jesus, we pray.

Let us begin with the Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening prayer

God of all creation,

We thank you for all the gifts that surround us. Thank you for the light that shines on our world, for the rain that nourishes the crops providing our food, for the animals sharing our world and for the seeds that will bring new life in the spring. Your love provides us with all that we need. Thank you for this day and all its beauty. Help us to live each day with grateful hearts.

We make this prayer in the name of Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Daily Theme: Our theme today is Sowing seeds of Gratitude and we think about what we can be thankful for as everything we are and have is a gift from God.   Listen to these words from the Bible.

Scripture:

A reading from the Book of Psalms (Psalm 136)

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

O give thanks to the God of gods,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

O give thanks to the Lord of lords,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

Who alone does great wonders,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

Who by understanding made the heavens,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

Who spread out the earth on the waters,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Reflection:

What are you thankful for in your life? Are you thankful for things or people - or both? When your cell phone, computer or Nintendo Switch, PlayStation or XBox works,  do you say thanks to it - I know I do not.

But, when some person does something nice for you, what do you do? You say, "Thank you," don't you? Sometimes that just doesn't seem to be enough. Has someone ever done something for you that was so nice that you wanted to do more than just say, "Thank You"? I have. When that happens, I sometimes send them a "Thank You" card. Another way to show your thanks when someone does something really nice for you is by doing something nice for them in return. Like if someone invites you to supper at their house and you have a really good time, you return their kindness by inviting them to your place for supper. It's always important to show we're thankful when someone does something for us.

I cannot think of anyone who has done more for us than God has. God provides food when we're hungry and water when we're thirsty. He heals us when we're sick and He comforts us when we're sad. The Bible tells us that He is an ever-present helper and caregiver. God works through the people around us who truly love us. And God works through us when we are thankful for all we have and share our gifts with others

Prayer:

Let's pray:

God of all things,

Thank you for the amazing gifts you surround us with. Help us to live with a spirit of gratitude, caring for and sharing the gifts that you have given for all people. Give us courage to sow seeds of gratitude in all our relationships with others and the world. Help us to sow seeds of gratitude through words and actions of peace.

We make this prayer in the name of Jesus, whose love knows no bounds.

Amen

Call to Action:

Because of all God has done for us, we say, "Thank you." But He's done so much! I have an idea to do even more to thank God. Jesus told us how to do it. Jesus said, "Whatever you do for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you do it for me." That means when we feed someone who is hungry, it is the same as doing it for Jesus. When we visit someone who is sick, it is the same as doing it for Jesus. When we give clothes to those who are in need, it is the same as doing it for Jesus.

There is a very special name for this way of saying, "Thank you." Think of it as "thanks living." "Thanks living" is when we show our thanks by the way we live. "Thanks living" is when we look at the many ways God has blessed us, and we thank Him by sharing His blessings with others. Take a moment today to think of specific ways you can p

articipate in "thanks living" this week.

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Appel à la prière/ Thème pour la journée: Semer la gratitude

Quand la neige fond, avez-vous hâte de voir l'herbe verte, des bourgeons qui poussent sur les arbres, des crocus ou des tulipes? La nouvelle vie nous remplit d'espoir de nouveau à chaque  jour. Nous devons simplement regarder autour de nous pour voir et  comprendre l'amour de Dieu pour nous. Aujourd'hui, unis dans l'espérance qui nous vient à travers notre ami Jésus, nous prions.

Commençons avec le signe de la croix: Au nom du Père, du Fils et du Saint-Esprit. Amen.

La prière de la journée:  

Dieu de toute création,

Nous vous remercions pour tous les cadeaux qui nous entourent. Merci pour la lumière qui brille sur notre monde, pour la pluie qui nourrit les champs qui nous nourrissent, pour les animaux qui partagent notre monde et pour les graines qui donnent une nouvelle vie au printemps. Votre amour nous fournit tout ce dont nous avons besoin. Merci pour cette journée et toute sa beauté. Aidez-nous à vivre chaque jour avec un cœur reconnaissant.

Nous faisons cette prière au nom du Christ notre Seigneur.

Amen.