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MERCIFUL God, whose loving-kindness never slumbers nor sleeps, we thank You for the secure repose of the night, and for the returning blessings of the day. To You and Your service would we surrender all the powers with which God has endowed us. In gladness and gratitude would we offer our whole being, as a living sacrifice, on the altar of love and duty. We seek the wisdom which comes from above to guide us in the employment of our time and in the direction of our labors. May we be inspired with love for You and for all You, O God have made; and permit us to be Your ministers of peace and good-will to men. May it be our meat and drink to do Your will. May we be ready to every good word and work, regardless of our selfish interests, and unmoved by the smile? or frowns of the world.

Father, deliver us from evil! Save us from ourselves. May we be victorious over pride and passion, over self-will and sensuality. Purify our hearts and enlighten our eyes, that we may know the meaning and the uses of life, and that we may see You in all events and in all Your works. May our existence be sacred to us, because we are Your children, continually having our being in You. In all our daily duties, may we rejoice that we are workers together with You, O God. So help us to follow Christ by patient continuance in well-doing, till Your grace shall exalt us to share His glory at Your right hand forevermore. 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