Matthew 8:5-13 OR John 4:43-54
OPENING PRAYER [from GREATER ATTENTION: LERW, YEAR D]
Almighty God, surrounded with golden splendor, you are awesome in your majesty! Who can look upon you in your radiance? You load the clouds with moisture and from your chamber come the whirlwind and the rain. They turn round and round by your guidance, and accomplish on the earth all that you command. You say, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and the showers serve as a sign to everyone, so that all whom you have made may know you are God. Whether for correction, or for your creation, or for love, you cause it to happen, thus providing for people everywhere and giving food from heaven in abundance. Therefore, we praise you, O God. We give you thanks, O Lord, even as we seek sanctuary in you, our refuge; even as we take shelter in your holy loving presence, in the name of Jesus Christ, the Beloved of God.