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A Prayer of Dedication

posted by xscot mcknight

What a marvelous prayer from The Book of Common Prayer. The sort of prayer I hope Praying with the Church can lead us into. As always, read slowly and aloud and it takes us into God’s presence:
O Lord my God, to you and to your service I devote myself, body, soul, and spirit.
Fill my memory with the record of your mighty works;
enlighten my understanding with the light of your Holy Spirit;
and may all the desires of my heart and will center in what you would have me do.
Make me an instrument of your salvation for the people entrusted to my care, and grant that by my life and teaching I may set forth your true and living Word. Be always with me in carrying out the duties of my faith.
In prayer, quicken my devotion;
in praises, heighten my love and gratitude;
in conversation give me readiness of thought and expression;
and grant that, by the clearness and brightness of your holy Word, all the world may be drawn into your blessed kingdom.
All this I ask for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.



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Andy Cornett

posted May 11, 2006 at 5:52 am


Gorgeous. I especially like “to you and to your service I devote myself body, soul, and spirit.” Oh to be that whole-hearted! And you are so right to read slowly and cherish this. My tendency is to rush through – mentally skipping to what comes next.
grace and peace
Andy



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Rob Van Engen

posted May 11, 2006 at 8:47 am


I pause (a lengthy pause) at “Fill my memory with the record of your mighty works.” Never ending praise is offered as I remember His mighty works from Genesis through today.
Only then can I move on in the prayer. Thanks for the reminder and for Praying with the Church. A week now of OUT LOUD sacred rhythm and I am being awaken ;-) at 4 am to begin. It is glorious!



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David B

posted May 11, 2006 at 11:26 am


Scott,
Please forgive me for being pedantic, but which The Book of Common Prayer did this prayer come from? The English pryaer book, the Episcopal (1978) prayer book, or …?
Thanks.



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Hannah Im

posted May 12, 2006 at 1:46 am


Scot, This really blessed me today. Thanks. I turned down the loud music, put down my crunchy snack, and had a moment of prayer. Powerful words. And I’m just learning how to “pray with the church” so reading these prayer is especially helpful to me.



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Mel

posted May 30, 2006 at 7:56 pm


you say the following is from The Book of Common Prayer:
O Lord my God, to you and to your service I devote myself, body, soul, and spirit.
Fill my memory with the record of your mighty works;
enlighten my understanding with the light of your Holy Spirit;
and may all the desires of my heart and will center in what you would have me do. [etc]
From which BCP does this come. I have tried to find it in the 1979 American ed., but cannot locate it. Could you furnish me with the citation (ed., page, etc.) as I am not finding the source.
Thanks.
Mel



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