Our Thanksgiving Day service is this Thursday, November 24, at 10:00 AM. Everyone is welcome to join us! We’ll be gathering together “to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at the Lord’s hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul” (Book of Common Prayer, 1552).
We’ll read responsively from Psalm 147, sing a few psalms, and use both of our traditional Thanksgiving prayers, which are of course perfectly suited for use at home as well:
“Almighty God, Ruler of the universe, by whom our nation has been established in freedom: we thank and praise you for your favor shown unto our fathers, and your faithfulness continued unto their children; for the rich land given us for an inheritance, for the return of seed-time and harvest, for the increase of the ground and the gathering in of the fruits thereof, and for all the other blessings of your merciful Providence bestowed upon this nation and people. And we humbly pray that, enjoying your gifts in contentment, we may be enabled by your grace to use them to your praise. Especially we thank you for your great love in sending your Son to be the Savior of the world, and in calling us out of our sins into fellowship with him. And we ask you to grant us always your Holy Spirit, through whom we may grow continually in thankfulness toward you. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen!”
“Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you most humble and hearty thanks for all your goodness and kindness to us and all men. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for your wonderful love in the redemption of your people by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we ask you, give us such gratitude for all your mercies, that our hearts may be forever thankful; and that we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen!”
In our meditation on Scripture, we’ll be considering the importance of the biblical theme of thanksgiving for a Christian worldview and our calling to connect Sunday with Monday, to connect our identity as the church with all of life.
“For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer” (1Timothy 4:4-5).