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The New Union Prayerbook 1975

GATES OF PRAYER: THE NEW UNION PRAYERBOOK 1975

 

 

* I *

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 All rise

 We must praise the Lord of all, the Maker of heaven and earth, who has set us apart from the other families of earth, giving us a destiny unique among the nations.  

We therefore bow in awe and thanksgiving before the One who is Sovereign over all, the Holy One, blessed be He.

All are seated

 He spread out the heavens and established the earth; He is our God; there is none else. In truth He alone is our King, as it is written: "Know then this day and take it to heart: the Lord is God in the heavens above and on the earth below; there is none else."  

We therefore hope, O Lord our God, soon to behold the glory of Your might. Then will false gods vanish from our hearts, and the world will be perfected under Your unchallenged rule. And then will all acclaim You as their God, and, forsaking evil, turn to You alone.  

Let all who dwell on earth acknowledge that unto You every knee must bend and every tongue swear loyalty. Before You, O Lord our God, let them humble themselves. To Your glorious name let them give honor. Let all accept the yoke of Your kingdom, that You may rule over them soon and for ever.  

For the kingdom is Yours, and to all eternity You will reign in glory, as it is written: "The Lord will reign for ever and ever."

And it has been said: "The Lord shall reign over all the earth; on that day the Lord shall be One and His name shall be One."

 
* II *

———–——–  

All rise

Let us adore
the ever-living God,
and render praise
unto Him
who spread out the heavens
and established the earth,
whose glory
is revealed in the heavens above,
and whose greatness
is manifest throughout the world.
He is our God; there is none else.

 

 

We therefore bow in awe and thanksgiving before the One who is Sovereign over all, the Holy One, blessed be He.

All are seated

May the time not be distant, O God, when Your name shall be worshipped in all the earth, when unbelief shall disappear and error be no more. Fervently we pray that the day may come when all shall turn to You in love, when corruption and evil shall give way to integrity and goodness, when superstition shall no longer enslave the mind, nor idolatry blind the eye, when all who dwell on earth shall know that You alone are God. O may all, created in Your image, become one in spirit and one in friendship, for ever united in Your service. Then shall Your kingdom be established on earth, and the word of Your prophet fulfilled: "The Lord will reign for ever and ever."

 On that day the Lord shall be One and His name shall be One.


* III *

—–——–——–  

All rise

 

Let us revere the God of life, and
sing the praise of Nature's Lord,
who spread out the heavens and
established the earth, whose glory
is proclaimed by the starry skies,
and whose wonders are revealed
in the human heart. He is our
God; there is none else. With
love and awe we acclaim the
Eternal God, the Holy One,
blessed be He.

 

 

All are seated

The day will come when all shall turn with trust to God, hearkening to His voice, bearing witness to His truth.

We pray with all our hearts: let violence be gone; let the day come soon when evil shall give way to goodness, when war shall be forgotten, hunger be no more, and all at last shall live in freedom.

O Source of life: may we, created in Your image, embrace one another in friendship and in joy. Then shall we be one family, and then shall Your kingdom be established on earth, and the word of Your prophet fulfilled: "The Lord will reign for ever and ever."

 On that day the Lord shall be One and His name shall be One.

 Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever; and let the whole world be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen.


* IV *

———–——–

All rise

We praise Him who gave us life.
In our rejoicing He is God; He is
God in our grief. In anguish and
deliverance alike, we praise; in
darkness and light we affirm our
faith. Therefore we bow our
heads in reverence, before the
Eternal God of life, the Holy
One, blessed be He.

 

All are seated

 Eternal God, we face the morrow with hope made stronger by the vision of Your kingdom, a world where poverty and war are banished, where injustice and hate are gone.

 Teach us more and more to share the pain of others, to heed Your call for justice, to pursue the blessing of peace. Help us, O God, to gain victory over evil, to bring nearer the day when all the world shall be one.

 On that day the age-old hope shall come true. On that day, O God, You shall be One and Your name shall be One.

 

 
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