Nov 15, 2017

Call to Worship for Thanksgiving

Grace and peace to you from God our Father,
who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing
that comes from heaven: (Eph 1)

who knew you and chose you before the world began; (I Pet 1, Eph 1)

who loves you so much that he calls you his own children; (I Jn 3)

who has brought you from darkness into light
and filled you with his glorious power; (Col 1)

who has prepared an inheritance for you
that will never spoil or fade; (I Pet 1)

who encourages and strengthens you
in every good deed and word; (2 Thess 2)

who comforts you in your troubles
so that you can comfort others. (2 Cor 1)

This is our God,
the ultimate source of all things,
and the One for whom we live. (I Cor 8)

Let’s worship God together!

~ Christine Longhurst

Nov 13, 2017

A Litany of Thanksgiving and Praise

Here’s a thanksgiving litany from the Book of Common Worship (1993). It was posted on the website of the Annandale United Methodist Church.

Thanksgiving Litany

Give thanks to the Lord who is good.
God’s love is everlasting.
Come, let us praise God joyfully.
Let us come to God with thanksgiving.

For the good world;
for things great and small,
beautiful and awesome;
for seen and unseen splendors;
Thank you, God.

For human life;
for talking and moving and thinking together;
for common hopes and hardships shared from birth until our dying;
Thank you, God.

For work to do and strength to work;
for the comradeship of labor;
for exchanges of good humor and encouragement;
Thank you, God.

For marriage;
for the mystery and joy of flesh made one;
for mutual forgiveness and burdens shared;
for confidences kept in love;
Thank you, God.

For family;
for living together and eating together;
for family amusements and family pleasures;
Thank you, God.

For children;
for their energy and curiosity;
for their brave play and startling frankness;
for their sudden sympathies;
Thank you, God.

For the young;
for their high hopes;
for their irreverence toward worn-out values;
for their search for freedom;
for their solemn vows;
Thank you, God.

For growing up and growing old;
for wisdom deepened by experience;
for rest in leisure;
and for time made precious by its passing;
Thank you, God.

For your help in times of doubt and sorrow;
for healing our diseases;
for preserving us in temptation and danger;
Thank you, God.

For the church into which we have been called;
for the good news we receive by Word and Sacrament;
for our life together in the Lord;
We praise you, God.

For your Holy Spirit,
who guides our steps and brings us gifts of faith and love;
who prays in us and prompts our grateful worship;
We praise you, God.

Above all, O God, for your Son Jesus Christ,
who lived and died and lives again for our salvation;
for our hope in him;
and for the joy of serving him;
We thank and praise you, Eternal God,
for your everlasting love. Amen. 

~ from the Book of Common Worship, 1993. Posted on the website of the Annandale United Methodist Church.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

O God,
We thank you for this earth, our home;
for the wide sky and the blessed sun,
for the ocean and streams,
for the towering hills and the whispering wind,
for the trees and green grass.

We thank you for our senses
by which we hear the songs of birds,
and see the splendor of fields of golden wheat,
and taste autumn's fruit,
rejoice in the feel of snow,
and smell the breath of spring flowers.

Grant us a heart opened wide to all this beauty;
and save us from being so blind
that we pass unseeing
when even the common thorn bush
is aflame with your glory.

For each new dawn is filled with infinite possibilities
for new beginnings and new discoveries.
Life is constantly changing and renewing itself.

In this new day of new beginnings with God,
all things are possible.
We are restored and renewed in a joyous awakening
to the wonder that our lives are and, yet, can be. Amen.  

~ written by Walter Rauschenbusch (1861-1918)

Prayer of Illumination: Philemon 4-7

Here is a prayer of illumination, spoken before the reading and preaching of the Word, from the Worship@North website.

Prayer of Illumination
(inspired by Philemon 4-7)

God of extravagant grace,
may your Spirit refresh our hearts
through the reading of the scriptures
that we may perceive all the good we can do for Christ
and so grow in our faith toward our Lord Jesus. Amen.

~ from a collection of prayers posted on the Worship@North website. 

Prayer of Confession: 2 Corinthians 9: 6-11

Here’s a responsive prayer of confession inspired by 2 Corinthians 9:6-11. It was posted on the Giving in Grace website.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by 2 Corinthians 9:6-11)

When we have sown sparingly;
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

When we have given reluctantly;
so often we make excuses.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

That we may know the joy of cheerful giving;
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

May Almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and keep us in eternal life. Amen.  

~ from “Giving in Grace: Liturgical Services – Matthew.”