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Mealtime and Dinner Prayers

Just as we pray in the Lord's Prayer "Give us today our daily bread," it is good to give thanks to God for His provision to us.  Whilst this may often happen at family meals on more formal occasions, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving, perhaps we need to remember to say grace, or mealtime prayers, on a daily basis.  This can be an easy way for the whole family to join in, and for those as young as four or so to lead a very simple prayer. Below there are a number of simple dinner prayers you might like to use. As far as we are aware, none of these dinner prayers are copyright, but if we have inadvertantly reproduced anything without acknowledgement, please let us know.

For food in a world where many walk in hunger
For friends in a world where many walk alone
For faith in a world where many walk in fear
We give you thanks, O Lord. Amen.

(Anglican Church of Canada,)
Thank you for the world so sweet,
Thank you for the food we eat,
Thank you for the birds that sing,
Thank you God for everything. Amen.
God our Father, God our Father,
Who gives all, who gives all,
Thank you for this dinner, Thank you for this dinner,
Amen. Amen.
(to the tune of Frere Jacques)

Dear Jesus:
Thank you for this food.
Bless us all and keep us from harm.
Guide and direct us, through all our days.
Loving Father, we thank you for this food,
And for all your blessings to us.
Lord Jesus, come and be our guest,
And take your place at this table.
Holy Spirit, as this food feeds our bodies,
So we pray you would nourish our souls. Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ, As you blessed many with the five loaves and the two fishes, may we too, know your blessing as we share this food, your peace in our hearts, and your love in our lives.
Lord Jesus Christ,
Friend of sinners, we thank you for friendship,

Prince of peace, we ask you that we may be peacemakers.
Lord of all, we thank you for this food.
Bless it to our bodies, we pray. Amen.
Bless, O Lord, this food for thy use, and make us ever mindful of the wants and needs of others. Amen
Lord, Bless this bunch, while we much our lunch. Amen.