This year I have started a gratitude practice with our kids' music group. Each time we meet to rehearse (weekly) we write down three things we are grateful for. The list has included music, family, pets, white rice, ice cream, colored pencils, broccoli, chicken and mashed potatoes, video games, friends, miracles, each other...
As the weeks go by and the gratitude lists grow I am reminded of the simple blessings in and of each day and the importance of taking time to remember them.
Remember and give thanks.
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Eternal and living God, grant that the peoples of the earth be brought together in knowing harmony; help us to nourish each other with food, wisdom and careful consideration so that we may live consciously and with lovingkindness. Amen.
Gathering: In the Lord I'll Be Ever Thankful
Opening: Let All Things Now Living
Text: Katherine K. Davis, Schirmer Music Co., tune: ASH GROVE
Offertory: Dear Weaver of Our Lives' Design
Text: Nancy Dorian, Music C. Huber H. Parry
Communion: Knocking on Heaven's Door/Seek Ye First
We've discovered that Seek Ye First makes a beautiful descant over the chanting of the chorus from Knocking on Heaven's Door. The tune can be slightly altered to fit the chords for Knocking on Heaven's door...it is BEAUTIFUL. G, D Am. Three chords. So easy. Meditative. It can start and end with the instruments improvising and jamming.
After Communion: Thank You For Hearing (Loving) Me
words and music by Sinéad O'Connor
We sing this quietly and slowly--Thank you for loving, hearing, saving, seeing and healing.
Closing Hymn: Halle, Halle, Halle! arr. by John Bell, Iona Community, GIA