From a list compiled by Rev. W.A. (Wip) Martin, 1985

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Glen Arm, Maryland USA

"The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you and with all men in all places who have been called by God and through Him, through whom be glory." Amen.
                 - from Clement of Rome. EPISTLE to CORINTHIANS

"May the grace of Christ our Savior, And the Father's boundless love, With the Holy Spirit's favor, Rest upon you from above. Thus may we abide In union, With each other and the Lord, And possess, in sweet communion, joys which earth cannot afford." Amen.
                 - John Newton

"For these, Thy Saints, 0 Lord, Who Thee by faith before the world confess, Thy name, 0 Jesus, be forever blest 'Hallelujah!" Amen.
                 - D. T. Young from the BIOGRAPHY of OSWALD CHAMBERS

" 0. Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then of Thy mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest and a peace at last through Jesus Christ, our Lord." Amen.
                 - John Henry Newman, adapted from the BOOK of COMMON PRAYER

"Now may the Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon you, and give you peace, in your going out and in your coming in; in your sitting down and your rising up; in your work and in your play; in your joy and in your sorrow, in your laughter and in your tears; until that day comes wich is without dawn and without dark." Amen.
                 - Thomas Graham

"Grant, 0 Lord, that we may live in Thy fear, die in Thy favor, rest in Thy peace, rise in Thy power, reign in Thy glory, for the sake of Thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." Amen.
                 -Archbishop Lautt, 17th Century

"May the past be a light of benediction on thy present, May the present be a radiant searchlight on thy future, May the future be a beautiful haven of well-earned rest, Through Jesus Christ our Lord." Amen.
                    - Olive Wrightsman Gott, from IDEALS

"And now may the courage of early morning's dawning,
And the strength of eternal hills at noontime,
And the peace of open spaces at evening's ending,
And the love of God abide in your hearts now and forever." Amen.
                 - Harry K. Zeller, from the BRETHREN HYMNAL

" 0 God, who has prepared for them that love Thee, such good things as pass man's understanding; pour into our hearts such love toward Thee, that we, loving Thee above all things, may obtain Thy promise which exceeds all that we can desire through Jesus Christ our Lord." Amen.
                 - Collection for Sixth Sunday after Trinity

"The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be amongst you, and remain with you always." Amen.
                    - The BOOK of COMMON PRAYER, Protestant Episcopal Church

"May God the Father bless us, who created all things in the beginning, May the Son bless us, who for our salvation came down from His throne on high, May the Holy Spirit bless us, who rested as a dove on the Christ in Jordan, May He sanctify us in the Trinity Whose coming in judgment all nations look for." Amen.
                    - from the GALLICAN MISSAL

"Abide with us, 0 Lord, for it is toward evening and the day is far spent; abide with us and Thy whole church. Abide with us in the evening of the day, in the evening of life, in the evening of the world. Abide with us in Thy grace and mercy, in holy Word and Sacrament, in Thy comfort and Thy blessing. Abide with us in the night of distress and fear, in the night of doubt and temptation, in the night of bitter death, when these shall overtake us. Abide with us and all Thy faithful ones, 0 Lord, in time and eternity." Amen.
                 - from the LUTHERAN MANUAL of PRAYER

"May God, the Lord, bless us with all heavenly benediction, and make us pure and holy in His sight. May the riches of His glory abound in us, May He instruct us with the word of truth, inform us with the Gospel of salvation, and enrich us with His love through Jesus Christ, our Lord." Amen.
                 -from GELASIAN SACRAMENTARY

"May the rich blessing of the Lord attend us, and grant us all remission of sins. May the Lord graciously protect us from all evil and mercifully preserve and keep us in all good, and May He who created and redeemed us preserve us for Himself unspotted to the end." Amen.
                 - from the MOZARABIC PSALTER

"God be in my head, And in my understanding; God be in mine eyes, And in my looking; God be in my mouth, And in my speaking; God be in my heart, And in my thinking; God be at mine end, And at my departing." Amen.
                 - from the SARUM PRIMER, 1558

"O God, eternal and ever blessed, Order what is disordered in our lives. Bring our minds to Thy truth, Our conscience to Thy law, And our hearts to Thy love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord." Amen.
                 - Adapted from the PRAYERS of the CHURCH of SCOTLAND

"To Thee, 0 Master, Lover of men, we have recourse on, our departure from Thy sanctuary. May we leave to do Thy work, as we walk kept free from every worldly, evil thing; and from every attack of the evil one, lead us in the way eternal, now and ever and unto ages of ages." Amen.
                 - Adapted from the Prayer of St. Makarius the Great
                             from the RUSSIAN ORTHODOX PRAYER BOOK

"May we go from this service, 0 Lord, with a strong determination to shoulder our share of the responsibilities in His name." Amen.
                 - from WORSHIP SERVICES for PURPOSEFUL LIVING

0 Lord God; "Wipe the furrows from our brow; Smooth the lines from our face; Lift the load from our heart, And remove the fear from our soul as we leave in His peace." Amen.
                 - Idea Adapted from Peter Marshall

"As we leave this Ark of Thy dwelling, 0 Lord, set Thou our course: That Thy clear light may shine upon our way and the hand of Thy compass may point us forward; Then shall we neither miss the channel, Nor wander from Thy safe harbor. May Thy 'peace be still' that was spoken upon the Galilean Sea, still and calm our hearts in Thee." Amen.
                 - W.A. Martin

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