Join us for our Thanksgiving Service this Thursday, Nov. 27, at 10:00 AM. Here’s the opening of our service, from the Book of Common Prayer:
†Call to Worship Psalm 100
†Exhortation to Thanksgiving Book of Common Prayer, 1552
We are gathered 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. Therefore I ask you to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of heavenly grace:
†Prayer for the National Thanksgiving Day
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, who taught us to pray, saying,
Our Father, who art in heaven: Hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen!
†“We Praise Thee, O God” Psalter Hymnal #313