Lord, behold our family here assembled. We thank thee for this place in which we dwell; for the love that unites us; for the peace accorded us this day; for the hope with which we expect the morrow; for the health, the work, the food, and the bright skies that make our lives delightful; for our friends in all parts of the earth.
Give us courage, gaiety, and the quiet mind. Spare to us our friends; soften to us our enemies. Bless us, if it may be, in all our innocent endeavors. Give us ever the strength to encounter that which is to come, that we may be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath, and, in all changes of fortune and down to the gates of death, loyal and loving to one another; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
from The Book of Worship for Church and Home of The Methodist Church, 1965