Morning of a communion Sabbath.
Almighty and everlasting God, we bless Thee for the return of another day of the Son of man. Pour out upon us a double portion of Thy grace; fill our hearts with Thy love. May all vain and wandering, and sinful thoughts be repressed; may our communion and fellowship this day be with the Father, and with his Son Jesus.
We thank Thee for the prospect we have of anew commemorating the dying love of our risen and exalted Redeemer; of surrounding once more the table in the wilderness, and partaking of the bread of eternal life. Give to each of us the “wedding garment”. Let us prepare to meet our God. May we feel that the place whereon we are to stand is holy ground; and rejoice at the renewed opportunity of testifying, in the presence of angels and men, our unaltered and unalterable attachment to our blessed Lord and Master. In a strength greater than our own, may we be enabled to resolve, that He will be henceforth ours only – ours wholly – ours for ever.
Give us this day lively apprehensions of the great love wherewith He hath loved us. May these dead and lukewarm should of ours be quickened into newness of life. May our faith be invigorated, and our love deepened, and our graces strengthened. May this be the grateful aspirations of all our hearts, “What shall we render unto the Lord for all His benefits towards us? We will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord; we will pay our vows unto the lord now in the presence of all His people.”
We pray for all who are to receive along with us this day the sacred emblems. Give to each of them some special tokens of Thy covenant love. May they see the king in His beauty. May their experience be, “It was good for us to draw near unto God.” Keep back all presumptuous and unworthy guests. Encourage all misgiving, trembling, faint-hearted ones. While feeling their own unworthiness, may they remember to go and commemorate the infinite worthiness of Him who is all-worthy. May they hear Thy voice of encouragement saying, “Fear not, for I know that ye seek Jesus who was crucified.”