For Social Righteousness   5 comments

Pullman Strike, 1894

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Prayer Source = William E. Orchard (1877-1955), prayer altered when reprinted in Morgan Phelps Noyes, Prayers for Services:  A Manual for Leaders of Worship (New York:  Charles Scribners’ Sons, 1934), pp. 143-144.

Typed verbatim from the book

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O Lord, we humbly beseech thee that thou who hast taught us to pray for our daily bread, wilt enable us to win and use it according to thy will;

And that thou wilt give men skill and enterprise in husbanding the resources of the earth, that all thy children may have meat enough;

That we may not try live by bread alone, but measure all our wealth and all our labour by the standard of our Lord;

That the condition of men’s daily toil may not starve the souls whom thou hast made for thyself;

That those who labour in production may not be deprived of their share of thy gifts;

That the conscience of mankind may be so aroused, that we shall no more eat the bread of oppression, but work together in comradeship and justice;

That thou wilt give us all a deeper sense of our membership of one another, so that the bonds of our economic life may be the expression of our fellowship in Christ;

That those who have great wealth may be guided to use it rightly to thy glory and to the welfare of their fellow men;

That we may be led to a fuller recognition of our stewardship to thee for the use of our money and time;

That thou, O Lord, wilt fill us with the desire to alleviate the humiliation and anxiety of those who cannot find employment.

We beseech thee to hear us

For all who carry heavy burdens, that Christ may refresh them;

For all whose poverty deprives them of the fullness of life;

For the rich for whom the way is hard, that they may find that simplicity which opens the kingdom of heaven.

O Lord Christ, who didst say to thine apostles when they would send away the hungry multitude, They need not depart, give ye them to eat, enable us so to use thy Father’s gifts as to relieve the necessities of our brethren:  and chiefly help us in our daily work so to reflect the glory of thy Spirit that they may come to thee, the Bread of Life, and see their soul’s desire and be satisfied, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.  Amen.

Posted August 6, 2010 by neatnik2009 in Church Militant/Kingdom of God 1900s

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