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Invocation for Temple Meeting, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)


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O Lord:
We stand in hushed silence for a moment
and turn our hearts inward
to offer our thanks for Thy blessings
and our prayer for the future.
Much have we received from Thee, O Lord,
and we are grateful:
For our loved ones
who are the center
and meaning
of our lives.
Our Temple
which is the fulcrum
of our religious lives
and a source of hope
and betterment
for our community.
For the devoted men and women
who have given of themselves
freely and loyally
to build a house
of worship
and fellowship
dedicated to Thy service;
who in the spirit of brotherhood
and cooperation
created this sanctuary
as a beating heart
to pulse forth its currents
of faith,
and love.
For all these
we speak our gratitude
and pray that we may be given
ardor and strength
so as to merit
Thy continued blessing.

“Invocation for Temple Meeting” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 69, from where this prayer was transcribed.






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