Augustine: Who Has Anything but What You Have Given link
O Lord my God, most merciful,
most secret, most present,
most constant, yet changing all things,
never new, and never old,
always in action, yet always quiet,
creating, upholding, and perfecting all,
who has anything but what you have given?
Or what can any man say when he speaks about you?
Yet have mercy on us, O Lord,
that we may speak to you and praise your Name.
An Ancient Collect, A. D. 440
direct our steps this day
into the way of peace,
and strengthen our hearts
to obey your commandments.
May the Dayspring visit us from on high,
and give light
to those who sit in darkness
and the shadow of death,
that they may adore you for your mercy,
follow you for your truth,
desire you for your sweetness,
for you are the blessed Lord God of Israel,
now and forever.
A Prayer by Val Dietrich d.1549 link
Almighty and eternal God,
by your Son, you promised us
the forgiveness of sins,
righteousness and eternal life.
By your Holy Spirit
lead and awaken our hearts
that we daily pray for help in all afflictions,
seek to be near him,
and believing the promise of His Word,
obtain what we pray for,
and at last, to be saved;
through your Son, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one true God, now and forever.
Benediction: Romans 15:13 NIV
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.