Rev Rita’s Message – Listen to the full message here
To begin play Count Your Blessings https://youtu.be/32FeHuhz1Qk
Then pray- As on a first day you began the work of creating us; as on a first day you raised Jesus from the dead; so on this first day, good Lord, freshen and remake us: and as the week is new, let our lives begin again because of Jesus who show us your loving power. Amen.
Play- Bless the Lord, O My Soul sung by the Balzac Choir https://youtu.be/OSgLb5pIdHo
Then read the scripture reading- Matthew 5:1-12 (attached)
Listen to Rev Rita’s message (attached) or read her message (attached)
Then play- Franciscan Benediction “May God Bless You With Discomfort” https://youtu.be/nL-NUWjySeIThen pray this prayer inspired by Matthew 5:1-12 written by Susan Durber at Christian Aid Ministries
God, bless those who mourn and grieve, who ache with loss for someone so much loved. God, bless the people who are meek, who do not grasp or shout or demand to be first in the queue. God, bless the people who are hungry for justice and who cannot wait for everyone to have their rights. God, bless all who are merciful, who have learned to forgive even those who hurt them hard. God, bless all who are pure in heart, in whom there is no vengefulness, but only love. God, bless the peacemakers, the ones who, by their words and deeds, can change the world. God, bless the persecuted ones, and keep them safe from those who would hurt them. God, so rich in blessings for your children, we rejoice in your promises and in your boundless and transforming grace. Amen.
Play- May the God of Hope Go With Us https://youtu.be/3qGCK8gNzpc
To end this worship experience say- God is always with me no matter what I face, no matter what trials or hardships, come my way God is right beside me guiding and directing my path. Amen.