Lord, we thank you for the richness of your creation: for the enormity of our universe, so utterly vast that it takes our breath away – our minds simply cannot take it in. We thank you for the smallest creature, perfect in detail, incredibly made. We acknowledge that you have not only made the world, but you have created us. We thank you for giving us the ability to think, to plan and to choose. We can remember who we are and consider what we shall be. We can enjoy each other’s friendship and put our trust in you. We thank you for your gifts of hope, joy, love and faith. Thank you most of all for Jesus Christ, and that through his life, death and resurrection you have made it possible for us to know you in a whole new way. Lord, we thank you that through the Holy Spirit you are constantly making our lives new. Accept our thanks in Jesus’ name.