O God, who in the beginning caused the light to shine out of darkness, pour into our hearts, with this morning sunlight, the radiance of that revelation which makes all things new. Your mercies are new every morning; may our faith and hope and charity be renewed to-day. Make us new creatures in Christ. This is life eternal, to know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom God has sent. May we learn this day to so know Him, and the power of His resurrection, that we shall rise from the bonds of the flesh and the deadness of custom into the life and liberty of the children of God.
God of peace, enable us to return to our rest this day by waiting on You without distraction, in the hearty and harmonious devotion of all our faculties and affections to Your service, which is perfect freedom. Guard us O Lord from seeking You in indolence. Quicken us to arise and depart out of the very thought of so worshipping You unacceptably, but may we live the active life of self-discipline, piety, and mercy to honor and use this day in a manner worthy of the Son of man, and grateful to the Father of men.
May we walk in the light of that life and immortality which Your Gospel has opened to the world. May we live above the world, raised by faith to that mountain of the Lord’s house, where memory and hope meet and witness to the soul of possessions and pleasures that know no change of time.
May the Sun of Righteousness rise higher and higher over the world, and stretch His healing wings more and more around the hearts and homes and nations of men. Soon may all the families and all the tribes of the earth make one great family in the kingdom of Your Son. May our beloved land soon become His inheritance, and our people that holy and happy people whose God is the Lord. May Your kingdom come on earth, and hasten God the day when every house shall be a house of God, and every day a Sabbath, and all the thoughts of every heart shall give glory to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb for ever and ever. Amen.
Book: The Alter at Home 2nd Series 8th Edition
Author: American Unitarian Association
Publisher: BOSTON: Walker, Wise, and Company 1891
Revised and Edited by: Karrol Sneed 2016
A very special thanks to all who have prayed for us during this time of transition. God bless each and every one of you!