Lover of Life we give thanks for this chance to gather with others, to laugh generously together, to dwell in friendship with strangers, neighbors, and family, and to create the space to remember gratefully those whose lives inspire and shape our own. We give thanks for the food we share, for the labor that made that food possible, for the gifts of life that nourish and sustain us, strength and encourage us day after day. We give thanks for the song of love that calls us to our best selves, and for the chance today and every day to live into being our best selves. Lover of Life we give thanks for this day where we may pause and attend to what truly matters, demonstrate how we really care for each and this earth, and find renewal and refreshment in living gratefully. We give thanks for this day. Amen.