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A Prayer for Service   Leave a comment

Above:  A Volunteer Worker in Washington, D.C., Opening a Can of Baby Food for a Child Being Cared for at a United Nations Service Center, 1943

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/owi2001037712/PP/)

Prayer Source = Book of Common Worship (1993), of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Words by the Reverend John Underwood Stephens (1901-1984), a U.S. Presbyterian minister; published first in his Prayers of the Christian Life for Private and Public Worship (New York:  Oxford University Press, 1952), page 147; I found the prayer on page 547 of the Book of Common Worship and the original credit on page 225 of Harold M. Daniels, To God Alone Be Glory:  The Story and Sources of the Book of Common Worship (Louisville, Kentucky, Geneva Press, 1993)

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Enable us, O God,

to do all things as unto you;

that small things may be filled with greatness,

and great things crowned with humility;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.