Opening Prayer: Almighty God, You call me into Your presence, so I can experience Your joy on earth. Give me a taste of all you have for me today. Amen.
Read: Genesis 2:4-3:24
Reflect: Read in light of the last four chapters of Revelation, how does the picture of the garden inform your understanding of heaven? What is the role of the tree of life in both the creation narrative and the story of the new Jerusalem? How does earthly paradise, as pictured in creation, shape your thoughts about heaven?
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself.
Hymn: “God the Father, Name We Treasure”
God the Father, name we treasure,
Each new generation draws
From the past that You have given
For the future that is Yours.
May these children, in Your keeping,
Love Your ways, obey Your laws.
Christ, the name that Christians carry;
Christ, who from the Father came,
Calling us to share Your sonship,
For these children grace we claim:
May they be Your true disciples,
Yours in deed as well as name.
Holy Spirit, from the Father
On the friends of Jesus poured:
May our children share those graces
Promised to them in the Word,
And their gifts find rich fulfillment,
Dedicated to our Lord.
Closing Prayer: Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great.