O Loving God,
To turn away from you is to fall,
To turn towards you is to rise,
And to stand before you is to live forever.
Grant us, dear God,
In all our work, your help;
In all our uncertainties, your guidance;
In all our dangers, your protection;
In all our sorrows, your peace.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
– St Augustine (354-430AD)
– As found in “Uniting In Worship” (JBCE 1988)
– Edited for clarity and modern language.