O Gracious God, we come to Thee with happy hearts, with hopes that are high and with a faith that is firm. Grant that upon each one of Thy children the Holy Spirit may descend, and that they, feeling that sweet companionship, shall indeed forget the world and all that seeks to hinder...
O Father, we pray that the Light may come - we ask it for Thine own dear sake. And we know that in gathering together for sacred Communion with Thee, we are indeed as little children seeking to carry out the injunction which Thou hast laid upon us; and because of this the protection is secure, the blessing is three-fold, and the joy and the peace of the Spirit is here.
O Father, because Thou art Spirit, grant that we may emerge from the smaller self into that new liberty of consciousness - that consciousness that we are Spirit, that consciousness that we are linked to Thee for all Eternity. Enlarge the borders of our thinking, open our hearts and minds to Love - to the bigger sweeter, purer Love - and make it possible that in front the Star may be seen, even as those who were out in the darkness saw the Star of sacred worth, of the Redeeming Spirit. Grant that Thy children on earth may, with faith, raise their eyes from the earth and see the star of attainment - of spiritual attainment - calling them on and on...
Take of us, take of each one, that which we have to offer - our thoughts, the love of our hearts, the wish to serve; and grant that these, coming under Thy Divine understanding, may be found acceptable and may be used to carry out any service which Thou hast given us to carry out... We ask it with humility, yet with certainty that as we ask, so the Grace will come.
Father, we thank Thee... thank Thee... Amen...
"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me" Luke 9:23
"Come to me, all who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you refreshing rest" Matthew 11:28
O Mighty Father, when we come to You, we place ourselves before All in the Godhead, as All in the Godhead is as One with You.
Most Gracious Christ, You have asked those who would follow You in faith and in love, to pick up their crosses and carry them; but You have also implored these to come unto You.
Therefore, in faith and trust we humbly approach You in prayerful Communion, and in so doing You are able to bestow those invigorating gifts of regeneration on those You love so well, those You love with a love beyond comprehension.
Loving Saviour, how You long for Your loved ones to turn to You and make that Communion complete; banish from the minds of any of Your children the perilous thoughts postured by Your unseen enemies that any who seek to come to You in love could be turned away; let those who follow You have perfect faith that only the wish to contact with You is enough to make the connection complete.
Only You, O Lord, in Your immeasurable generosity, know how to give the best gifts; You watch over us who, out of love for You, set out, heavy laden, on the arduous journey to follow You and to be with You; and You see the pitfalls, the boulders obscuring the path, the ravines to be crossed; and yet You do not wait for us to arrive at journey's end but You ensure that we have gifts of refreshment all along the way.
Tender and courageous Jesus, You see in the hearts of those who love You that each one, if they could, would gladly do as he who bore Your Cross for a time when like a Lamb You were sent to slaughter on that awful day.
We remember, O Lord, that the crosses borne by those who follow You, bring them closer to You in understanding something of Your pain and anguish for those who are lost, signs that those who love You are closer to the unthinkable gift of Divine Love that You have ordained they shall have in its fullest measure, to be expanded until All is in All.
O Master and Companion, You came to the world and it knew You not; yet today, all day, and every day, You come with the offer of protection, of guidance and of unlimited love; and through Your Grace, out of our tiny resources of feeling and love we can link ourselves with The Divine, with You, in that happy sense of companionship, and throw in our lot with You, the understanding, all-Compassionate Friend of friends.
Lord and Master, You poured out Your Love upon men in the past and gathered to Yourself that devotional love which could not be expressed in any terms - And today, You, through the Wonder that You are, continue to do these things in Spirit even though the conduit for Divine Being and Power has been removed as far as the Earthly tabernacle is concerned.
Dearest Lord, we are blessed beyond description that in our daily life, in trivial, mundane things, when spiritual conceptions seem far away, You walk with us, just as You walked with Your disciples of old, entering into their interests, watchful that harm to the soul should be kept far from them, and mindful of their physical wants - that thoughtfulness over all things that concerned them.
And today, O Christ, You are with us, offering Your companionship and all that means; we can turn to You with confidence, with certainty that in so doing we are obeying Your most loving injunction.
Because of You and Your guidance, Dearest Lord, we can look back on the last ploughed furrow, and although it took a sharp spade and strong arm to turn the soil, we can look back and thank You God, and we can say with gladness that You brought us through safely, that by Your Grace the mind is separated from the cloying desires of the world.
Great Father, You give to us the larger vision and, as we come to You, You come to meet us, because we have emerged from captivity and the healing Spirit of Peace has descended upon us, and we have gone on our way inspired by the Spirit of God, gone on our way with determination and with rejoicing - rejoicing because we see something of where Your Spirit leads and something of what It produces now and in time to come.
O Father, we rest on the understanding of the suffering Christ, protected and sheltered beneath the influence of the Holy Spirit, having left darkness for twilight, into the dawn which leads to the brightness of the full day where the revelation of Your sunshine pours down upon us, renews us and refreshes us - just as Your promise declares - and so it shall always be.
For all Your many good gifts, the best gifts, O Beautiful Bestower, we thank You endlessly, but most of all we thank You, as Your children, for Yourself. Amen.