Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom; Enlighten by your Holy Spirit those who teach and those who learn, that, rejoicing in the knowledge of your truth, they may worship you and serve you from generation to generation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

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Almighty God, our heavenly Father, you declare your glory and show forth your handiwork in the heavens and in the earth: Deliver us in our various occupations from the service of self alone, that we may do the work you give us to do in truth and beauty and for the common good; for the sake of him who came among us as one who serves, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

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Ineffable Creator, from the treasures of your wisdom, you have established three hierarchies of angels, have arrayed them in marvelous order above the fiery heavens, and have marshaled the regions of the universe with such artful skill. You are proclaimed the true font of light and wisdom, and the true origin raised high beyond all things. Pour forth a ray of your brightness into the darkened places of my mind; disperse from my soul the twofold darkness into which I was born: sin and ignorance. You make eloquent the tongues of infants. Refine my speech and pour forth upon my lips the goodness of your blessing. Grant to me keenness of mind, capacity of remembering, skill in learning, subtlety in interpreting, and eloquence in speaking. May you guide the beginning of my work, direct its progress, and bring it to completion. You are true God and true Man, and you live and reign, world without end. Amen.

(Thomas Aquinas)

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A Litany of Thanksgiving

Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us.

For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea.

We thank you, Lord.

For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ,

We thank you, Lord.

For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends,

We thank you, Lord.

For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve,

We thank you Lord.

For health and strength to work and leisure to rest and play,

We thank you, Lord.

For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity,

We thank you, Lord.

For all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice,

We thank you, Lord.

For the communion of saints, in all times and places,

We thank you, Lord.

Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord;

To him be praise and glory, with you, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen. 

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Almighty God, we thank you for the
great range of occupations to which you
call your people. Thank you for the
numerous workplaces in which
members of our congregation are
placed, as lights in the darkness. We
are indeed the Church in the world. Help
us to see our workplaces as our mission
field, and to understand what a privilege
this is. May we work conscientiously and
with integrity, honouring our colleagues,
encouraging those who are insecure,
and sharing their load with those who
are overburdened. But give us courage,
too, at whatever cost to ourselves, to
stand for what is right and just, with
humility and courtesy, following the
example of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Father, thank you for: a job to do,
resources to use, people to celebrate, skills to create.
Thank you for: a product to produce, a service to provide, a
challenge to meet, people to benefit.
Thank you for: a budget to honour, a
boss to please, a deadline to beat, a
standard to meet. Thank you for: the
contribution I have made, the money I
am paid, the reward of serving Christ in
all, in all, in all of this.

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We commit our work to you, O God.
Make us instruments of your grace,
ministers in your service, and creators in
your kingdom. Help us to serve the
needs of others, to persevere in truth, to
persist in prayer, and at all times to seek
your will; so that in all our daily work
begun, continued and ended in you, we
may glorify your holy name. We make
this pledge and prayer in the name of
Jesus Christ our Lord.

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The elixir
Teach me, my God and King, in all
things thee to see, and what I do in
anything to do it as for thee. The man
that looks on glass on it may stay his
eye, or if he pleaseth, through it pass
and then the heaven espy. All may of
thee partake; nothing can be so mean,
which with this tincture, for thy sake,
will not grow bright and clean. A servant
with this clause makes drudgery divine;
who sweeps a room, as for thy laws,
makes that and the action fine. This is
the famous stone that turneth all to gold;
for that which God doth touch and own
cannot for less be told.

George Herbert

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Almighty and everlasting God, by whose
Spirit the whole body of the Church is
governed and sanctified: hear our
prayer which we offer for all your faithful
people, that in their vocation and
ministry they may serve you in holiness
and truth to the glory of your name;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ.

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Heavenly Father, may your name be
glorified in our work today. I lift up to you
and ask your blessing upon each person
who works here. May those who know
you be filled with your presence and
strengthened to do their work according
to your will. May they conduct
themselves so that those who do not yet
know you may see your light shine
through them. May those who do not yet
know you have their blindness to you
healed. You know precisely what each
person needs so I ask that your special
favour would rest upon ... (use a team or
phone list if you have time). Lord, may
your hand also be upon each client who
comes through our front door, and upon
each person who phones, writes or
emails. May your blessing and
protection be upon each meeting, letter,
email and call in which the team are
involved today. All this we ask in the
name of your son Jesus so that your
name may be glorified.

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We commit our work to you, O God.
Make us instruments of your grace,
ministers in your service, and creators in
your kingdom. Help us to serve the
needs of others, to persevere in truth, to
persist in prayer, and at all times to seek
your will; so that in all our daily work
begun, continued and ended in you, we
may glorify your holy name. We make
this pledge and prayer in the name of
Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Father of lights, the source of all good gifts, in whom there is no shadow, you have made us regents over the provinces of your creation, and endowed us with humbling capacities to bring order out of chaos. May our tools serve your kingdom, and serve our neighbor. Forbid that the work of our hands ever take your place, or that our tools enslave us. That we may stand before you, approved in the work of our hands. Through your Son the Creator, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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All that I am, Lord, I place into your hands. All that I do, Lord, I place into your hands. Everything I work for, I place into your hands. Everything I hope for, I place into your hands. The troubles that weary me, I place into your hands. Thoughts that disturb me, I place into your hands. Each that I pray for, I place into your hands. Each that I care for, I place into your hands.

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Help me today, Father, to live a life worthy of you — to seek to bear fruit in every good work, to grow in the knowledge of God, to be strengthened with all power, to have great endurance and patience, and in all things to give thanks to you.