For Consecration

Almighty God,
you have made all things for humanity,
and humanity for your glory.
Sanctify our body and soul,
our thoughts and our intentions,
our words and actions,
that whatever we will think, or speak or do,
may be directed to the glory of your name,
and by your blessing,
it may be successful in the work of God,
as much as possible.
Lord, turn needs into virtues,
the works of nature into the works of grace,
by making them orderly, regular and temperate,
subordinate and profitable to ends beyond what they can do.
Let no pride or self-seeking,
no impure motive or unworthy purpose,
no little ends or low imagination
stain our spirit and unhallow
any of our words and actions.
Let our body be a servant to our spirit,
and both body and spirit be servants of Jesus Christ,
that doing all things for your glory here,
we may partake of your glory hereafter;
through Jesus Christ.

Source: Thomas à Kempis
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

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Lutheran pastor and musician serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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