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O Master, May My Days Be Spent   1 comment

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

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Words (1951), by Kenneth I. Morse (1913-1999), Editor of Church of the Brethren Hymnals

His Obituary:

Hymn Source = The Hymnal of the Evangelical United Brethren Church (1957)


1.  O Master, may my days be spent only for Thee,

As Thou didst Thy yeas of youth living for me.

So let me serve Thee, loving neighbor and God,

In deep devotion walking where Thou hast trod.

2.  O Jesus, may my hands be skilled, working for Thee,

As Thine were trained to touch the blind, making them see.

So let my fingers carry healing and balm

That they who suffer may be filled with Thy calm.

3.  O Savior, may my voice be raised, speaking for Thee,

As Thou didst win the hearts of men, setting them free.

So let me witness what Thy power can prove;

So let me call men to Thy kingdom of love.

4.  O Lord of life and beauty, Thou livest for me;

As Thou didst serve Thy Father, Thy servant I’d be.

So in this darkness, let me herald Thy light,

That with its coming, dawn will banish the night.

For Persons Celebrating Birthdays   Leave a comment

Above:  Birthday Candles

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Prayer Source = The United Methodist Book of Worship (1992)


God of creation, we offer you grateful praise for the gift of life.

Hear the prayers for Name, your servant,

who recalls today the gift of his/her birth and rejoices in the gifts of life and love, family and friends.

Bless him/her with your presence and surround him/her with your love,

that he/she may enjoy many happy years, all of them pleasing to you.

We ask this through Christ our Savior.  Amen.

At A Birthday Celebration   Leave a comment

Above:  A Birthday Cake

Image Source = Vikas Bhardwaj


Prayer Source = Gates of the House:  The New Union Home Prayerbook–Prayers and Readings for Home and Synagogue (1977)


God of days and years, Author of life, our times are in Your hand.

We thank You by day for Your abounding blessings and, as a year follows year, we are grateful for all Your gifts.

We gather today in special thankfulness to share in the happiness of our dear……………

Be with him (her) always as the joy of his (her) life.

May he (she) be blessed with health and happiness, and the strength to overcome sickness and sorrow.

We pray that our lives may be filled with good and abundance of blessing;

and may we have the joy of coming together for many more years,

as a family united by mutual reverence and love.

Blessed is the Lord our God, Ruler of the universe,

for giving us life,

for sustaining us,

and for enabling us to reach this day.

Blessed is the Lord our God, Ruler of the universe,

Creator of many kinds of food.

Posted January 30, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Community and Country 1900s

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For Birthdays   Leave a comment

Above:  Birthday Candles

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Prayers Source = The Book of Worship for Church and Home (1945), of The Methodist Church (1939-1968)


Eternal Father, the giver of life, who as on this day didst cause thy servant, N., to be born into this world;

we thank thee, O Lord for for all thy mercies vouchsafed to him from that time unto this present,

humbly beseeching thee to continue thy gracious favor and protection unto his life’s end.

Assist him in every time of trial;

shield him in danger;

relieve and comfort him in trouble;

succor him in temptation;

defend him from the assaults of the enemy,

that his days here may pass away in peace,

and when he dies he may attain unto the everlasting rest that remaineth for thy people;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


We beseech thee, Lord, open thy heavens;

from thence may thy gifts descend to him.

Put forth thine own hand from heaven and touch his head.

May he feel the touch of  thy hand,

and receive the joy of the Holy Spirit,

that he may remain blessed for evermore.  Amen.

For a Birthday   Leave a comment

Above:  Birthday Candles

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Prayers Source = The Book of Common Prayer (1979)


O God, our times are in your hand:

Look with favor, we pray, on your servant as he begins another year.

Grant that he may grow in wisdom and grace,

and strengthen his trust in your goodness all the days of his life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Watch over your child, O Lord, as his days increase;

bless and guide him wherever he may be.

Strengthen him when he stands;

comfort him when discouraged or sorrowful;

raise him up if he fall;

and in his heart may your peace which passes understanding abide all the days of his life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

A Birthday Prayer   1 comment

Above:  A Birthday Cake

Image Source = Vikas Bhardwaj



Dear Lord, thank you for birthdays.

Thank you for the past and the present, with all their blessings.

Thank you for all the positive which has flowed from the negative and the painful.

Thank you for occasions to mark time and reflect on the past and the present.

May the remainder of our lives be replete with your best for each of us,

may each of us be a blessing to others, and may others be blessings to each of us.  AMEN.








God Be in My Head…   6 comments

Leonardo da Vinci’s Drawing of the Proportions of the Human Head

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Prayer Source = Elizabeth Goudge, A Diary of Prayer: A Treasury of the World’s Most Inspiring Prayers (New York, NY:  Coward-McCann, 1966), page 54, quoting the Sarum Primer (1527)

This prayer is relevant to this one:

and this one:


God be in my head

And in my understanding.

God be in mine eyes

And in my looking.

God be in my mouth

And in my speaking.

God be in my heart

And in my thinking.

God be at mine end

And at my departing.

Posted May 28, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Praise of God/Seeking God

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I Would Be Thine   Leave a comment

Living or dying, Lord, I would be thine; keep me thine own for ever, and draw me day by day nearer to thyself, until I be wholly filled with thy love, and filled to behold thee, face to face.

–Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800-1882)

Prayer Source = Elizabeth Goudge, A Diary of Prayer (New York:  Coward-McCann, 1966), p. 238

Posted September 10, 2010 by neatnik2009 in Praise of God/Seeking God 1800s

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Be Thou My Vision   8 comments

Good Shepherd Mosaic at Ravenna, Italy

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A traditional Irish hymn:

1.  Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;

Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art,—

Thou my best thought, by day or by night,

Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

2.  Be Thou my Wisdom, Thou my true Word;

I ever with Thee, Thou with me, Lord;

Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;

Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

3.  Be Thou my battle-shield, sword for the fight;

Be Thou my dignity, Thou my delight,

Thou my soul’s shelter, Thou my high tower:

Raise Thou my heavenward, Power of my prayer.

4.  Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,

Thou mine inheritance, now and always;

Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,

High King of heaven, my treasure Thou art.

5.  High King of heaven, after victory won,

May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’n’s Sun!

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Hymn Source = The Hymnary of The United Church of Canada (1930)