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Father in heaven, we thank You for the song of thanksgiving that has already begun in our hearts.  We ask that we may have the blessing that is only comprehended in Your presence.  You are to us what the sun is to all this earth in summer.  We ask that whatever we need, whatever we would need taken away, whatever things we need have that must come or whatever things we need that must go, all is as should be in us when You are present. May we have Your quickening, comforting, teaching, guiding in all that we encounter today.

May we have, in the beginning of our worship today, the feeling that we are in the presence of our Father and great benefactor. May we all feel that we have come home to Your presence. May Your Word not be the words printed in a book, the voice of God speaking to us.

May all the reverential exercises of worship before You have that high and blessed familiarity which love gives. May we sing with great gladness and may we sing together in heart and deed. May we speak from a true heart, informed by the Spirit of God. May we be able to lift our prayers together in unity and one accord. Move upon us as You will. Lord ask of us that which is right. May we be faithful to You as You have been faithful to us. May we be holy, devout, and giving. May Your blessings fall on us while we are speaking and may all the service of this day be divinely inspired, guided and blessed. We ask it in Christ Jesus name. Amen

Book: Prayer from Plymouth Pulpit
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Publisher: Charles Scribner & Company 1867
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2014

ORIGINAL TEXT
“We thank You, our Father in heaven, that we have already begun the song of thanksgiving, and we ask that we may have that blessing which is comprehended in thine own presence; for what the sun is to all this earth in summer, that art thou to us. “Whatever we need, whatever we would have taken away, whatever things must come or must go, all is as should be in us when thou art present, quickening, comforting, teaching, guiding. May we have, therefore, in the beginning of our worship to-day, the feeling that we are in the presence of our Father and great benefactor. May we all feel that we have come home today. May thy word be not the words printed in a book, but the voice of God speaking to us. May all the exercises of worship before thee, while they are reverential, have that high and blessed familiarity which love gives. May we sing with great gladness, and sing together; may we speak from a true heart, informed by the Spirit of God; may we be able together to lift up our prayers, and so wilt thou move upon us to ask the things which we ought, that, while we are speaking, blessings may fall; and may all the service of the day, being divinely inspired and guided, be divinely blessed. We ask it for Christ Jesus’ sake. Amen.”