Friday, November 19, 2010

Graces, part Two

Part Two: Graces Said Together, ed. by Rev. Carl Scovel: see post below for more information
(remembering the year of publication, 1963, re: inclusive language, et al)

God is great, and God is good.
Let us thank Him for this food.
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Back of the loaf is the snowy flour,
Back of the flour is the mill;
Back of the mill is the wheat and the shower,
And the sun and the Father's will. Amen.
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Each time we eat
May we remember God's love. Amen.
from China

God, we thank you for this food,
For rest and home and all things good;
For wind and rain and sun above,
But most of all for those we love. Amen.
Maryleona Frost

For this new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends:
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some have meat and cannot eat,
And some would eat that lack it.
But we have meat and we can eat,
And so the Lord be thank-ed.
The Selkirk Grace, from Robert Burns

For every cup and plateful,
Lord, make us truly grateful. Amen.
A.S.T. Fisher

Father: The Lord is good to all:
Family:And his mercies are over all his works.
Father: The eyes of all wait upon thee;
Family: And Thou givest them their met in due season.
Father: Thou openest thine hand,
Family: And satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
Father: The Lord is righteous in all his ways.
Family: And holy in all his works.
Father: The Lord is nigh unto all that call upon Him,
Family: To all that call upon Him in truth.
Psalm CXLV: 9, 15-18
(this may be followed by a prayer spoken by the Father)

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord,
all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness,
come before his presence with
Know ye, that the Lord, He is God:
it is He that hath made us, and
not we ourselves; we are his people
and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates
with thanksgiving and into his
courts with praise: be thankful
unto Him and bless his name.
For the Lord is good:
His mercy is everlasting;
and His truth endureth
to all generations.
Psalm C.

Thank you, God, for this food,
and help us to preserve our freedom,
that we may eat in peace. Amen.
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Thank you, God, for milk and bread
And other things so good;
Thank you, God, for those who help
To grow and cook our food.
Elizabeth McE. Shields

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