From the OT Lesson for Tuesday in the week of Easter 6
12 When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, 13 and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, 14 then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the Lord your God . . . .
In the Episcopal Church (in which I am a priest) our standard worship service is the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion). During the Liturgy of the Word in this service, after the Scriptures have been read, the preacher has preached, and the people have confessed their faith in the words of the Creed, there is a time of intercession called “The Prayers of the People.” Our prayer book rubrics require us to pray for the Universal Church, its members, and its mission; the Nation and all in authority; the welfare of the world; the concerns of the local community; those who suffer and those in any trouble; and the departed. Interestingly, they do not require us to give thanks for our blessings and good fortune, yet every one of the suggested forms of these prayers (there are six in the prayer book) includes an offering of thanks. The forms direct the prayer leader to be silent and allow time for congregants to add their own petitions, intercessions, and thanksgivings. One often hears prayers made for healing or other assistance; one seldom, if ever, hears utterance of thanks for food, houses, herds, silver, or gold. This admonition of Moses is “more honour’d in the breach than the observance.”
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