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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing

 in the heavenly places,

even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world,

that we should be holy and blameless before him.

In love he predestined us for adoption

as sons through Jesus Christ,

according to the purpose of his will,

to the praise of his glorious grace,

with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

In him we have redemption through his blood,

the forgiveness of our trespasses,

according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us,

in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will,

according to his purpose,

which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time,

to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

In him we have obtained an inheritance,

having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things

according to the counsel of his will,

so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth,

the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him,

were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,

according to the power at work within us,

to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations,

forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 1:3-13; 3:20-21 ESV

**This is the passage we read aloud together this morning.  How is that for a great way to start the day!