Collect after the Offertory. (I)
O Lord, Thy grace we supplicate:
assist us as we pray;
enable us to dedicate
our souls to Thee this day.
Dispose the way Thy servants seek,
and labor to attain
unto Thy promise to the meek
salvation’s boundless gain.
Lo! ‘mid the varying change and hue
of this grave mortal life,
we trust Thy gracious succor true,
in scenes of woe and strife.
In youth’s bright springtide be Thou near,
in manhood’s strength our hope,
our trust when falls life’s autumn sere,
our King with death to cope.
Thus seeking everlasting life,
Thy gracious aid afford,
to win the sinresisting strife,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
|Text||attr. Eliza Humphreys|
melody from The Psalmes of David in Prose and Meeter, 1635
Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the attainment of everlasting salvation; that, among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by thy most gracious and ready help; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.