Saturday, January 17, 2009

A sampling of blessings

Here is a sample of some of the blessings contained the First United Methodist Church booklet:

Personal blessings:
Come, dear Jesus, be our guest.
Bless this food thou has given us.
-Vicki Zinn

Traditional blessings:

Our morning Joy, our evening Rest,
And with our daily bread impart
Thy love and peace to every heart. Amen.
-the Book of Common Worship

Tuneful blessings:
(Sung to the tune of "The Addams Family")
We thank you for our food, Lord,
For all the things you do, Lord.
We thank you for our parents
And all our family,
Do do do do
Do do do do
Do do do do.
-Dana Stringer

Not-Your-Typical Blessings
First everyone finds the cook and throws a kiss to the cook.
Then everyone throws a kiss skyward.

Borrowed Blessings
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
(offered by Calla Ann Pepmuller)

Heritage Blessings
A New Mexican blessing:
Bendito seas, Se
ñor, Dios del universo,
Por este pan, fruto de la tierra y del trabajo del hombre,
Que recibimos de tu generosidad
Y ahora te presentamos;
El ser
á para nosotros
pan de vida.
-offered by Estella G

O Lord, give bread to those who have hunger
and hunger of Thee to those who have bread.
-Haitian proverb

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