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  • Offer “grace” at meals

    • Table Blessing: The prayers were written by John Cennick, an 18th century lay preacher and first published in 1740.
      Blessing before the Meal
      Be present at our Table Lord
      Be here and everywhere ador’d
      These creatures bless and grant that we
      May feast in Paradise with thee.
       
      Thanks after the Meal
      We thank thee Lord for this our food
      But more because of Jesus’ love.
      Let manna to our Souls be given
      The bread of Life sent down from heaven.
  • Memorize the Lord’s Prayer

    • Lord’s Prayer 
      1. The traditional translation, from our United Methodist Hymnal No. 895
      Our father, who art in heaven,
         hallowed be thy name.
         Thy kingdom come,
         thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
      Give us this day our daily bread.
      And forgive us our trespasses,
         as we forgive those who trespass against us.
      And lead us not into temptation,
         but deliver us from evil.
      For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
         forever. Amen.
       
      2. The Ecumenical translation, from our United Methodist Hymnal No. 894
       
      Our Father in heaven,
         hallowed be your name,
         your kingdom come,
         your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
      Give us today our daily bread.
      Forgive us our sins
         as we forgive those who sin against us.
      Save us from the time of trial
         and deliver us from evil.
      For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
         now and for ever. Amen.
  • Pray once a day using a recommended resource.

    • The Upper Room
    • Use the Psalms as prayers
    • A Guide to Prayer for all who seek God by Shawchuck and Job
    • The Daily Reader for Contemplative Living by Thomas Keating
    • Pray As You Go Apple Android Web
    • MethodistPrayer.org
    • Benedictine Daily Prayer: A Short Breviary by Maxwell Johnson