Loving, serving God, may our hearts have eyes to see the treasures you have given us in Jesus:
we were chose in him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in love.
You adopted us as your children.
We have redemption through his blood,
and the forgiveness of our trespasses.
You have made known your plan to us:
when the time is right, you will gather all things together in Christ Jesus.
We rejoice in knowing that a great inheritance awaits us:
Since we know your plan, we have hope,
and desire to live to your glory.
Thank you for the great power made available to us
in the resurrection of your son, Jesus.
Because of his finished work,
our savior has an all-surpassing authority,
authority over all creatures and over all creation,
and he share this with us, his body.
Dear God of mercy,
you declare to us who we are by nature:
dead in trespasses and sins,
captive to evil power,
and children of wrath.
God, we recognize that these declarations are true for us.
By Your mercy, you declare a wondrous new reality:
you are rich in mercy,
you have a great love for us,
you save us by Your grace
and you have placed us with Christ in the heavenly places.
You have created us for good works:
a new humanity,
a kingdom of peace,
members of your household,
a structure on a solid foundation,
and a temple fit for a dwelling place for God.
Blessed be God, the father of Jesus Christ,
and our father through him.
Because we have access to you, father,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
we pray that we may be strengthened in our inner being with power through the Holy Spirit,
and that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith,
as we are being rooted and grounded in love.
May every believer have the power to comprehend with all the saints
what is the breadth, length, height, and depths,
and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
so that we may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to you, Lord, you who have the power to accomplish far more than all we can think or imagine,
to be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus,
to all generations, forever and ever.
Today we pray for help to lead a life worthy of our calling,
with gentleness and humility.
Helps us to bear with one another in love,
to be at one with each other,
for in Jesus Christ there is only the one body, the one hope to which we are called, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism.
Help us to develop the gifts we have received for the building up of the body, so we may all become mature with each part working properly.
Help us not to live as Gentiles do who live in the futility of their minds.
May we have the sensitivity to know and do your will and not to abandon ourselves to licentiousness, greed or impurity.
Father God, we are eager to have renewed mind and to be clothed with the new self, according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
May our words and deeds bring grace to all whom we meet today.
We pray for the strength it takes to be kind, tender-hearted and swift to forgive each other.
Dear father God,
we are your beloved children,
loved even when we are rebellious and disobedient,
often engaging in sometimes deeply sinful ways.
Our calling is very high:
to be imitators of you, creator, redeemer, covenant keeper.
You desire that we walk in love
the kind of love Christ showed on the cross.
We are called to be partners with you,
not evil-doers on whom comes judgment.
As your children, we are children of light,
so that we may walk in the safety and blessing of light.
Prod us to walk carefully, as wise people,
prudent in the use of the gift of time,
to live with discernment a life of praise to you,
loving and honoring especially our partners.
Hear and answer, merciful God, through Christ our Lord.
Dear God and Father,
we need your strength
and the armour you provide us
because we are involved in life and death warfare
against all manner of spiritual enemies.
We are weak, you are strong,
so make us alert and wise
to put on the whole armour of God,
the helmet of truth
the breastplate of righteousness,
as shoes for our feet, the gospel of peace.
Help us always to wear the shield of faith,
the helmet of salvation,
the sword of the Spirit which is your Word,
and steadfastness in prayer.
Keep us alert always,
praying for all your saints,
and assist us to boldly proclaim
the mystery of the gospel.
And father God, we claim the grace promised to all who love Jesus with an incorruptible love.