Rotary Graces

An opportunity to add your unique Rotary Grace for general use. Please send your own suggestions.

Dear Lord. May the roof above never fall in,
and the friends below never fall out. 

God of Goodness bless our food and keep us in a pleasant mood
Bless the Chef and all who serve us from indigestion, Lord preserve us.

For good food we give thanks,
for good Fellowship we give ourselves,
to good Service, we give our all.

As we give thanks for our daily bread
And our sound night's sleep in a comfortable bed,
Let us think of others with little to eat
and nowhere called home to rest their feet.
Happy the man who meets each month
With friends from near and far,
Happy the man who friendship seals
Beside a friendly bar.

Happy the man who shares his food
Amongst old Rotary mates,
Happy the man who to kind ears
Sorrows and joys relates.

Bless this food to our use, and us to thy service.
Fill our hearts with grateful praise. 

May we give thanks for this our food.
For life and health and every good
May we, more blessed than we deserve
Live less for self and more to serve

For food in a world where many walk with hunger,
For faith in a world where many walk in fear,
For friends in a world where many walk alone,
We give our grateful thanks to Thee , O Lord. Amen.

For well-filled plate and brimming cup,
and freedom from the washing up.
We thank you, Lord. Amen.

Let us give thanks for food when others are hungry;
for drink when others are thirsty;
for friends when others are lonely.

In a world where so many are hungry, may we eat this food with humble hearts;
In a world where so many are lonely, may we share this friendship with joyful hearts.

May this food restore our strength, giving new energy to tired limbs, new thoughts to weary minds.
May this drink restore our souls, giving new vision to dry spirits, new warmth to cold hearts.
And once refreshed, may we give new pleasure to You, who gives us all.

Good wine, good meat, good God let's eat!
Grace, Health, and Strength to us afford
Through Jesus Christ our risen Lord.

Be present at our table Lord
Be here and everywhere adored
These creatures bless and grant that we
May feast in Paradise with Thee

We thank thee Lord for this our food
And for thy loving ways
In all things always though art good
To thee be all our praise

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

Bless O Lord this food to our use
And us in thy service
And make us ever mindful of the needs of others
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen

Bless the food we now shall eat
And those who cook and serve it
And if there be a good dessert
God grant us to deserve it
Jesus Christ who turned water into wine
Pray forgive these foolish men
Who seek to turn it back again.

We thank thee Father for thy care
Food, Friends, and Fellowship we share
May we for ever keep in mind
All those whom life has left behind.

For every cup and plateful
God make us truly grateful.

Be present at our table Lord
And bless us as we dine
And let us thank the giver too
Of Bread and Meat and Wine.

We offer humble thanks O Lord
For this another Festive Board
And may the gratitude we owe
In kindness to others show.

For Food, Fellowship, and good Red Wine
We praise your name O Lord Amen

Thank you Lord for this dinner
Without your kindness we would all be thinner

O Lord and giver of all things good
We thank you for our daily food
May Headingley Friends and Headingley Ways
Help us to serve you all our days

We give thanks to God
For the provision of Food
The pleasure of Fellowship
And the privelege to serve. Amen

Lord, as we enjoy this food and fellowship
May we ever be mindful of those less fortunate

Good health to all who share this fayre
Good health to speaker and the chair
Good health to club beyond comnpare
Good health good Lord our heartfelt prayer

For food in a World where many go hungry
For friendship in a world where many walk alone
And for all the blessings of life so richly given
We praise your name through Christ our Lord. Amen

May each one of us
According to his own belief
Give thanks for this food
And for the opportunity Rotary affords
To serve our fellow men.

Before we raise our knives and forks
And listen to the popping corks
Help us Lord to think and pray
For those who will not eat today

O Lord who blessed the loaves and fishes
Look down upon these twa bit dishes
And though the taties be but small
Lord make 'em plenty for us all
But if our stomachs they do fill
Twill be another miracle.

Thank the Lord
For what we've getton
If ther'd bve any more
It wud a been etton.

The Selkirk Grace by Robert Burns:
Contemporary version
Some have meat and cannot eat;
Some cannot eat that want it:
But we have meat and we can eat
Sae let the Lord be thankit!

Traditional version
Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some would eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.

Let us offer thanks for our food, blessings for one another.
Let us be a source of hope for those in need,
and contentment for those who are lonely.
Let us give gratitude for our opportunity to serve Rotary.
Let the feelings of love, kindness, and a well directed
yet gentle spirit, always be reflected in our actions. AMEN

For good food and those who prepare it
For all at our table who will share it
For good conversation enhanced by good wine
Thanks be to God our creator divine.

May Rotary go from strength to strength
Working together across it's length
God Bless our meal as we dine
A good old natter and we shall be fine

Courtesy of PDG Wally Blair:

Bless O Lord, before we dine, each dish of food, each cup of wine,
And bless our hearts that we may be,  aware of what we owe to Thee.

Some live to eat, some eat to live
Some people take, some people give
Lord grant that we, who eat three meals a day
Should sometimes stop to think and say
That whilst we thank Thee for this daily food
Remember those who would eat, if they could.

For these and all his gifts,
God’s Holy name be praised

Bless O Lord this food to our use
And relieve the wants of others

Lord make us not like porridge,
Stodgy and hard to stir,
But make us more like Cornflakes,
Crisp and ready to serve

We come together with grateful hearts,
For all good things thy love imparts,
So may that love our hearts inspire,
That service before self be our desire

With hearts attuned to gratitude
We take this appetising food
And practising Rotarian care
Remember those with lesser fare

Lord Bless us with this food you give
And help each one of us to live
So that your blessings and this food
May do our souls and bodies good

For food, for fellowship, and the opportunity to serve others which this Club gives
We thank thee Lord, Amen.

Grant O Lord that with these gifts of food and fellowship
We may be strengthened each in his own vocation
To fulfil thy purpose of service.

As we meet again to sit and dine
To enjoy this gift of food and wine
Let’s remember the thousands of hungry souls
Who daily wait with empty bowls
And decide to give as much as we are able
Not just the crumbs from this rich man’s table

As we praise before we eat
Think of friends we cannot greet
And spare a thought for those in need
Then thank God for our daily feed.

We thank thee Lord as we sit at table
To eat as much as we are able
But let's remember that the final toast
Means helping those who need food most

O Lord and giver of all good
We thank thee for this Brotherhood
May Rotary Friends and Rotary Ways
Help us to serve thee all our days

Before we raise our knives and forks
And listen to the popping corks
Help us Lord to think and pray
For those who will not eat today

Breakfast Lunch and Dinner too
To most of us that's nothing new
But if it be true all men are brothers
Let's give a thought to the needs of others

May this food strengthen our bodies
And thy spirit refresh our souls

For every cup and every plateful
Please God make us truly grateful


Lord make us truly thankful for good company, pleasant conversation, and for the patience of an indulgent President.

Keep us ever mindful of the watchful eye of the Sergeant-at-Arms, and his ever pressing need to fill the bottomless coffers of the Treasurer.

And let us be granted freedom from the ravages of old age, especially those that leave us weak and limp when we need to be firm and upstanding. Amen.


Here zegen deze spijzen,


Translation 'God Bless this Food'



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