O God our Father, be merciful to those who suffer more weakness, distress or isolation as each year passes. Provide homes for them that treat them with dignity and give them peace. Give them understanding helpers, and the willingness to accept help. As physical strength diminishes, strengthen their faith and assure them of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Source: Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.
Original from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.
Look with mercy, O God our Father, on all whose increasing years bring them weakness, distress, or isolation. Provide for them homes of dignity and peace; give them understanding helpers, and the willingness to accept help; and, as their strength diminishes, increase their faith and their assurance of your love. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (Book of Common Prayer, U. S., 1979, p. 830, #49)
Blessed Lord Jesus, you have taught us that we must become like little children to enter your kingdom, and you loved children and blessed them. Draw our children to you by your Holy Spirit and keep them in your service, so that they may follow you, declare your praise, and be one with us in the confession of your holy name.
Source: Common Service Book, #47
Original in traditional English:
Blessed Lord Jesus, Who hast taught us that we must be as the little children in order to come to Thy Kingdom, and Who didst love and bless them most tenderly: Grant that our children may be drawn unto Thee by Thy good Spirit and ever kept in Thy service, so that walking in Thy way, they may ever show forth Thy praise and be one with us in the confession of Thy holy Name; Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen. (Common Service Book, # 47)
O Lord, our Maker, Redeemer and Comforter, we are gathered in your presence to hear your holy Word. Open our hearts by your Holy Spirit, that through the preaching of your Word we may be taught to repent of our sins, to believe in Jesus in life and in death, and to grow day by day in grace and holiness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Source: The Lutheran Hymnary, 1913, p. 7.
As it appeared in The Lutheran Hymnary in traditional English:
O Lord our Maker Redeemer and Comforter we are assembled in Thy presence to hear Thy holy word. We pray Thee so to open our hearts by Thy Holy Spirit that through the preaching of Thy word we may be taught to repent of our sins, to believe on Jesus in life and in death, and to grow day by day in grace and holiness. Hear us for Christ’s sake. Amen.
Lord God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Lord God, who hast called thy servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown: Give us faith to go out with a good courage, not knowing whither we go, but only that thy hand is leading us, and thy love supporting us; to the glory of thy Name.