God of feasting, we give you thanks for the richness of life.
As Jesus turned water into wine at wedding,
we think of your desire for all your people to celebrate all our days.

Bless us as we observe the joy of being your people.
Send your Spirit to dance and sing with us.

We know that you created the world and created us in it                                                            You make possible times of joy and moments for reflection.

Enable us to embrace this Pancake ‘Shrove’ Tuesday                                                                    in a spirit of celebration of the goodness of your creation.

As we enter the Season of Lent, may it too, be a celebration of life:
of an inward journey of contemplation and wondering,
of confessing and forgiving, of learning and loving.
And in all of this, may we grow closer to Jesus,
to one another, and to You, O Lord.
We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.