Dear Father God,
you made the creation wonderfully well,
and you made us after your image and likeness.
The earth and we your people were not meant for destruction, nor for sickness, sin and shame.
You meant for our lives to be holy, good and peaceful.
You have sent healing and restoration
through your Son Jesus, the Christ,
and to establish the Kingdom of God.
Through your servant Paul we are encouraged to rejoice in the Lord.
Help us to be alert lest evil-minded people teach contrary to the gospel, for then we will fail to see the surpassing value of knowing Jesus Christ, through whom we have a righteousness not by works of the law, but a righteousness that comes by faith in the crucified Christ.
May we strain to attain to what lies ahead and press on toward the prize of God’s heavenly call.
Remind us, dear God, that our citizenship is in heaven, from where we expect our Savior who will transform the bodies of our humiliation to become conformed to the body of his glory.