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O GOD, in whom all the families of the earth are blessed, we thank You that we are again permitted to offer our united praise and supplication at the household altar. We bless You for the assurance, that, where two or three are met together in the Savior’s name, they have His presence, sympathy, and love. We remember with gratitude the kind Providence that has been over us through the whole of our united life, making our home happy, and enabling us to minister in so many ways to one another’s well-being. Help us to live together, as the dying ought to live with reference to the things that change and perish, as the undying ought to live in the view of things unseen and eternal. May we watch for one another’s religious good, spiritual peace, and enduring joy. May we bear one another’s burdens, and help one another’s infirmities. May we move on together in every way of duty, looking unto Jesus, and seeking to plant our footsteps where he has trodden. May we be united in the love of God, the faith of Christ, the pursuit of all that is pure and true, noble and heavenly. May we so dwell together, while our house is of clay and our habitation in the dust, that we may dwell together in the house not made with hands.
We pray for all whom You have made ours, that You O God would guide them by Your counsel, and cheer them by the assurance of Your redeeming love. And while we commend to You those who are still around us, we would recognize our unbroken union with those faithful and beloved friends who have passed away from our sight, and have entered before us into Your rest. May their felt sympathy be with us in duty and in trial, strengthening and gladdening us continually, and giving us an ever more intimate home-feeling for the mansions in the Father’s house on high. Command Your blessing on all men everywhere, and may the light of Your love shine in all lands and into all hearts.
Our Father, hear our prayer, and forgive and accept us, now and evermore, through Your mercy in Jesus Christ our Savior. 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 2015