PRAYERS AT TABLE.
BEFORE MEAT. Jay.
Almighty God! the eyes of all wait upon thee, and thou givest them their meat in due season. Bless, we beseech thee, the provisions of thine earthly bounty, which are now before us;—and let them nourish and strengthen our frail bodies, that we may the better serve thee, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Or Thus: Bountiful Giver of every good and perfect gift! thou art never weary of supplying our returning wants— grant, we pray thee, that the food of which we are about to partake, may contribute to the comfort and support of our bodies,—and enable us to engage with more zeal in thy service; which we ask for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.
Or Thus: Let thy blessing, Almighty God, descend on this portion of thy bounty, and on us, thy unworthy servants, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Or Thus: Almighty God, we beseech thee to pardon our sins; to bless the refreshment now before us, to our use, and us to thy service, through Jesus Christ.
Or Thus: Father of Lights, from whom cometh down every good and perfect gift, enable us to receive these fruits of thy bounty with humility and gratitude, and give us grace, that, whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, we may do all to thy glory, and be accepted through the great Redeemer.
Or Thus: Bounteous God, we acknowledge our dependence on thee, and our unworthiness of thy benefits. We pray thee to forgive our sins; to bless us in the reception of this food, and enable us to improve the strength we may derive from it to thy glory, for Christ's sake.
Sanctify, O Lord, we beseech thee, these thy productions to our use, and us to thy service, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
AFTER MEAT. Jay.
We thank thee, O God, our heavenly Father! for the innumerable good gifts of thy providence. Especially do we thank thee for the rich provision thou hast made for our souls—accept our grateful acknowledgments for the food we have now received; and enable us to prove our sincerity by the holiness and obedience of our lives, for the sake of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
What shall we render to thee, O God, for all thy benefits? Every day of our lives we are receiving fresh tokens of thy favour. O, let thy goodness lead us to repentance. And if we can do no more than express our gratitude, help us to do that in the sincerity of our souls, and thine shall be the glory, for ever, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Or Thus: Accept, heavenly Father, our humble thanks for this, and for all thy blessings through Jesus Christ.
We thank thee, our heavenly Father, for the rich provision thou hast made for our temporal and eternal welfare; especially for the food we have now received. May thy goodness lead us to repentance, and thy grace prepare us for heavenly entertainments, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We praise thee, O Lord, for the provisions of thy providence and grace, and in particular for this renewed token of thy tavour. May we feel our increased obligations to be thine, and be fitted at length, to eat bread in thy heavenly kingdom, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Or Thus:
We bless thee, O Lord, for this kind refreshment. Be pleased to continue thy favours and feed us with the bread of life. Supply the wants of the needy, and enable us, while we live on thy bounty, to live to thy glory, for Christ's sake. Amen.
Blessed and praised be thy holy name, O Lord, for this and all thy other blessings, bestowed upon us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.