The Minister or Head of Household may read one or more of the Sentences and then the Address all standing

WHEREWITH shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:6, 8

God is a Spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24

DEARLY beloved brethren, we know that the infinite God is not worshipped with men’s hands as though he needed anything, seeing that he gives to all life and breath and all things; neither can our prayer be without his help. We come to him, because our hearts seek the source of the love that fills them, our souls turn to the light that shines upon them. And now that we have assembled together as brethren, earnestly desiring to draw nigh to him who is ever most near to us. let us yield ourselves up to the leading of his Spirit and the inspiration of his love. And may we worship him so truly here, that we may be helped by our prayer to worship him in our daily work, in deeds of loving-kindness, in thoughts of gratitude, in steadfast patience and trust, in heartfelt penitence for sin, and in works of duty faithfully fulfilled.

The following Prayers may then be said by the Minister or Head of Household; the People / Family responding with amen.

ALMIGHTY God, our Father: we give You thanks that of your goodness you have watched over us during the past night, and brought us to this day. We beseech you to strengthen and direct us by your Spirit, that we may spend it wholly in your service. As you shed now the beams of the sun upon the earth, to give light unto our eyes, so illumine our souls with your heavenly wisdom, to guide us in the paths of your righteousness. Guard us against the assaults of temptation, and make us watchful in every time of difficulty and danger. And, seeing it is a small thing to have begun well except we also persevere, take us, O Lord, into your good keeping, this day and all our days; and continue and increase your grace within us, until we shall be perfectly united in your love and truth, and be made worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called. Amen.

GOD, who puts into our hearts such deep desires that we cannot be at peace until we rest in you: mercifully grant that the longing of our souls may not go unsatisfied because of any unrighteousness of life that must separate us from the All-holy. Open our ears to the counsels of eternal wisdom; and breathe into our souls the peace which passes understanding. Grant us to be lowly in spirit, and to have our portion in the kingdom of heaven. Sanctify our sorrow, that we may so mourn as to find comfort. Let our hunger and thirst be for righteousness, that we may be filled with the bread of heaven. Teach us to be merciful, that we may obtain mercy in our need. Make us pure in heart, that we may see you. Grant us to be peace-makers, as your children, that your peace may be with us when we suffer for righteousness’ sake. O Lord, give us grace to seek first your kingdom; and we know that you will add unto us all things needful. Amen.

O You, who has taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you, the eternal God, and our neighbor as ourselves. Grant us a peaceful spirit of divine affection, and of brotherly kindness and good will; that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to each other in the true bond of charity, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Amen.

[Here may be introduced any other Prayer.] Then the Lord’s Prayer may be said

OUR Father, which art in heaven: Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses; as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory; forever and ever. Amen.

Hymn or Chant.[Lesson.Chant.]—Lesson, Chant or Anthem.Prayer.Hymn.

Book: A Book of Prayer in Thirty Orders of Worship with Additional Prayers and Thanksgivings for Public or Private Devotion Author:
Rev. R. Crompton Jones
Publisher: London: Williams and Norgate 1887
Revised and Adapted by: Karrol Sneed 2014