5-10 A wandering Aramean was my father,
he went down to Egypt and sojourned there,
he and just a handful of his brothers at first, but soon
they became a great nation, mighty and many.
The Egyptians abused and battered us,
in a cruel and savage slavery.
We cried out to God, the God-of-Our-Fathers:
He listened to our voice, he saw
our destitution, our trouble, our cruel plight.
And God took us out of Egypt
with his strong hand and long arm, terrible and great,
with signs and miracle-wonders.
And he brought us to this place,
gave us this land flowing with milk and honey.
So here I am. I’ve brought the firstfruits
of what I’ve grown on this ground you gave me, O God.
10-11 Then place it in the Presence of God, your God. Prostrate yourselves in the Presence of God, your God. And rejoice! Celebrate all the good things that God, your God, has given you and your family; you and the Levite and the foreigner who lives with you.
A prayer for mission trip travelers and others on a journey:
May it be Your will, Lord God, to lead us on the way of peace, and guide and direct our steps in Your good work. Bring us we pray happily to our destination safe and sound. Save us from danger on the way. Give us good grace,kindness and favor in Your eyes, and in the eyes of all whom we shall meet. Merciful God, commission Your angels to guide and protect us, may they be our companions from our setting out until our return. Clothe us with their protection, preserve us from all evil and from sin. Guide us through our work in Your purposes and to achieve Your intentions. And then please grant us a safe return to our homes. We pray through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who knew what it meant to travel doing Your work, and entrusted himself to Your will. Amen