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By Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, www.revlisad.com

This prayer could be voiced many ways, with or without the scripture that inspired it. This version is for:

  • One voice leading the entire prayer
  • A different voice leading each stanza of the prayer

1 Corinthians 3:21-23. NRSV

So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all belong to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

Most blessed, most beautiful Christ,

in you we receive all things

The receiving takes growth, so you give us guiding-

saints and sages and scripture

Thank you for the guiding

 

The receiving takes others, so you give us the world-

nature and neighbors and nations

Thank you for the world

 

The receiving takes change, so you give us seasons-

life and death and new life

Thank you for the seasons

 

The receiving takes time, so you give us time-

present and future and forever

Thank you for the time

 

Most blessed, most beautiful Christ

You give us yourself

And in you, O Christ

We belong

To you and to God and to all

Thank you for the giving

The congregation now offers their own prayers of thanksgiving, concluding with the Lord’s Prayer

This version of the prayer is a call and response, one voice praying the regular print while the congregation prays the bold print.

 

Most blessed, most beautiful Christ,

in you we receive all things

 

The receiving takes growth, so you give us guiding-

saints and sages and scripture

Thank you for the guiding

in you we receive all things

 

The receiving takes others, so you give us the world-

nature and neighbors and nations

Thank you for the world

in you we receive all things

 

The receiving takes change, so you give us seasons-

life and death and new life

Thank you for the seasons

in you we receive all things

 

The receiving takes time, so you give us time-

present and future and forever

Thank you for the time

in you we receive all things

 

Most blessed, most beautiful Christ

You give us yourself

And in you, O Christ

We belong

To you and to God and to all

Thank you for the giving

in you we receive all things

The congregation now offers their own prayers of thanksgiving, concluding with the Lord’s Prayer

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Most Blessed, Most Beautiful Christ © 2014 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, www.revlisad.com

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