Here’s the prayer of the day for Sunday. See if you recognize any of the words…
“Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful redeemer,
for the countless blessings and benefits you give.
May we know you more clearly, love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly, day by day praising you,
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen”
Perhaps you thought of our fall theatre production, Godspell, which had this song in it. It’s at this point that you might wonder if the worship planners have fallen off the deep end?
While the prayer is a song from the famous drama Godspell, the original source of the song comes from the medieval church. Richard of Chichester, a thirteenth-century bishop of Chichester, England, and a reformer of the church wrote this famous prayer. This Sunday’s Bible readings focus on our answer to God’s call. We hear about that with the story of Samuel and Eli, as St. Paul talks about glorifying God with our bodies, and finally as the disciples hear an invitation to “come and see.” So as we gather this weekend to hear God’s Word and share in the Lord’s Supper, think about the ways in which you can know, love, and follow God.