Scripture: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
On a day in which we grieve the pain of siblings in Abraham in the mosques of Christchurch, NZ, we remember that God makes a promise to Abraham, and Abraham believes… in a way that makes space for the continuing discovery and expansion of God’s promise and blessing.
A Prayer from A New Zealand Prayerbook
Blessed are you, God of the universe.
You have created us, and given us life.
Blessed are you, God of the planet earth.
You have set our world like a radiant jewel in the heavens,
and filled it with action, beauty, suffering, struggle and hope.
Blessed are you, God of Aotearoa New Zealand
in all the peoples who live here,
in all the lessons we have learned,
in all that remains for us to do.
Blessed are you because you need us;
because you make us worthwhile,
because you give us people to love
and work to do
for your universe, for your world and for ourselves.