autumn-leaf-autumn-beautiful-nature-wallpapers1O Lord my God, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; yet you have called me to stand in this house, and to serve at this work. 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 you blessed kingdom. All this I ask for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

(This prayer is lifted from Phyllis Tickle’s The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime. It was the Concluding Prayer for the Church appointed for the Vespers office on Wednesday, September 2. It has been sitting with me for about a month.)

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