At your command all things came to be

NASA released this composite image last night showing the night time northern hemisphere. (ht Derek)

It’s a fascinatng image, and reminded me of the call and response portion of the Episcopal Church’s Eucharistic Prayer C:

God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.

Glory to you for ever and ever.

At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.

By your will they were created and have their being.

From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.

Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight.

Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill your Law, to open for is the way of freedom and peace.

By his blood, he reconciled us. By his wounds, we are healed.

And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

I can’t think of a better way to bring in 2007 than by considering the vast and amazing glory of God, and his amazing and immeasurable grace given to us. In fact, I can’t think of a better way to bring in any moment, day, or year.

May the blessing of God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – be ours today and always. Amen.

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