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Prayer Resources: We Come to Give Thanks

Prayer Resources: We Come to Give Thanks

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 We Come to Give Tanks
Leader:
OGod,LovingAuthorofCreation,wegathertodaytogiveyoupraiseandthanks.Welookuponcreation,anddelightinthebeautyofourworld,themagnicenceofthemanygiftsthatllourlives.Youcreatedusaswomenandmentobepart
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nerswithyouincaringforyourworldanditspeople.Wearesistersandbrothersinonehumanfamily,mademorebeautifulbecauseoftherichdiversityofourgifts,hopes,anddreams.
All:
Lord,wecometogivethankstoyouforourdailybreadandfortheharvestof goodthingsinourlives.Weproclaimyourgoodnessandcelebratethegreatgiftsthatyouhavegivenus.
A Thanksgiving Psalm
(ViennaCobbAnderson)-Note:alternatesidesreadwherethefontchanges.
 All:Godofallblessings,sourceofalllife,giverofallgrace,
Wethankyouforthegiftoflife:forthebreaththatsustainslife,forthefoodofthisearththatnurtureslife,fortheloveoffamilyandfriendswhichmakeourlivessweet.
 All:Wethankyouforthemysteryofcreation:
forthebeautythattheeyecansee,forthejoyfulsoundsthattheearmayhear,forallthatawaitsustollourliveswithwonderfulsurprises,forthefuturethatdrawsusbeyondourselves.
 All:Wethankyouforourrelationships:
forfamilieswhonurtureusaswebecomeandgrow,forfriendswholoveusandaccompanyus,forcolleaguesatworkwhoshareourburdensanddailytasks,forstrangerswhowelcomeusintotheirmidst,forpeoplefromothercultureswhoenrichourunderstanding,forchildrenwholightenourmomentswithdelight,forelderlywhoguideusandremindusofwhatoholdonto,fortheyetunbornwhoofferushopeforthefuture.
 All:Wethankyouforthisday:
foronemoredaytoliveandlove,growandgive,foryourgrace,yourpresence,andyourpromise:tobewithus,tobeforus,tobeourGod.
 All:Fortheseandallyourblessings,wegiveyouthanks,OGod.
 
 We Come to Give Tanks
Reading: Colossians 3: 14 - 17
Bethankful…withgratitudeinyourheartstoGod.Whateveryoudo,whetherinwordordeed,doitallinthenameoftheLord,givingthankstoGodtheFatherthroughhim.
Reection: Blessed Are You …
Blessedareyou…
Ifyouhavefoodintherefrigerator,clothesonyourback,aroofoverheadandaplacetosleep…youarericherthan75%ofthisworld.
Blessedareyou…
Ifyouhavemoneyinthebank,inyourwallet,andsparechangeinadishsomeplace…youareamongthetop8%oftheworld’swealthy.
Blessedareyou…
Ifyouwokeupthismorningwithmorehealthandstrengththanillnessandweakness…youarenottobeoneofthemillionpeopleintheworldwhowillnotsurvivethisweek.
Blessedareyou…
Ifyouhaveneverexperiencedtheterrorsofwar,imprisonment,torture,orthepangsofstarvation…youarebetteroffthan500millionpeopleintheworldtoday.
Blessedareyou…
Ifyoucanattendareligiousservicewithoutfearofharassment,arrest,tortureordeath…youhavemorefreedomthanthreebillionpeopleintheworld.
Blessedareyou…
Ifyoucanevenreadthis…youhavemoreformaleducationthanoverabillionpeopleintheworldtodaywhocannotreadatall.
Litany of Gratitude
SourceofCreationandLifeoftheUniverse,wearegratefulforcreationinallitsmajesty…wearegratefulforthelifewearelent.WepledgetoliftupourvoicesbothinpraiseofYouandindefenseofYourCreation.(RabbiWarrenG.Stone)GreatandEternalMysteryofLife,CreatorofAllThings,IgivethanksforthebeautyYouputineveryoneofYourcreations.MayalloftheChildrenofEarthlearntoseethesameperfectioninthemselves,ndinginallofCreationthelivingextensionsofYourperfectlove.(AztecNativeAmerican)WitheverybreathItaketoday,Ivowtobeawake;AndeverystepItake,Ivowtotakewithagratefulheart.AsItakeeachstep,myfootkissestheoor.IwalkingratitudetoGodforthegiftsoftheearth.(BuddhistPrayerofBlueIrisSangha)BlessedareYou,lovingFather,forallyourgiftstous.BlessedareYouforgivingusfamilyandfriendstobewithusintimesofjoyandsorrow,tohelpusintimesofneed,andtorejoicewithusinmomentsofcelebration...(St.TheresaofAvila)

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