Thank you God for the privilege of working in this world you have created. Thank you for allowing us to share with you in the joy of creation and in the joy of creating. You also have allowed us to experience your new work of redemption through our work. So we ask today that where there is brokenness we might see Christ the healer at work. Where there is strife that we might participate with Him as a peacemaker. Where there is anxiety that we might experience your peace within. Lord we pray that whatever circumstances we find ourselves in today that we might see in them, through them and beyond them to your eternal kingdom. Through our work, do your work of making us like your Son so that your kingdom may come, and your will may be done on earth as it is in heaven. We ask this in the name of our savior Christ Jesus. Amen
"…The word ‘mass’ is said to be derived from the final sentence of the old Latin rite, ite missa est. In polite English it might be rendered, ‘Now you are dismissed.’ In more blunt language it could be just, ‘Get out!’ – out into the world which God made and God-like beings inhabit, the world into which Christ came and into which he now sends us. For that is where we belong. The world is the arena in which we are to live and love, witness and serve, suffer and die for Christ…"
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