Oh God our Creator, in whom we live and move and have our being, we come again to thank you for your constant presence in our lives. Though we only dimly understand who or what you are, we acknowledge again that you shape our very existence. You guide our thinking, our decisions and our actions. You give us a reason and purpose for living. You share our delight in the natural world, in the laughter of our friends, in our achievements. You make us conscious of the needs of others, of our responsibilities and duties. Our lives are founded and fulfilled in you and we cannot turn away for we have nowhere else to go.
And so we are glad to be here again, conscious of the encouragement and influence of our friends, enjoying the age-old hymns and prayers; learning and exploring new thoughts and ideas. And we thank you again that you are here at our elbow – to guide, to restrain, to jolt and to shove us forward. We know you are present in our service – but help us now to be more conscious of it.