Wednesday, November 21, 2012

a Thanksgiving prayer

O Lord our God, the author and giver of all good things,
  we thank you for all your mercies,
  and for your loving care over all your creatures.
We bless you for the gift of life, for your protection round about us,
  for your guiding hand upon us,
  and for the tokens of your love within us.
We thank you for friendship and duty,
  for good hopes and precious memories, for the joys that cheer us,
  and the trials that teach us to trust in you.
Most of all we thank you
  for the saving knowledge of your Son our Savior,
  for the living presence of your Spirit, the Comforter,
  for your Church, the body of Christ,
  for the ministry of Word and Sacrament, and all the means of grace.
In all these things, O heavenly Father,
  make us wise for a right use of your benefits,
  that we may render an acceptable thanksgiving unto you all the days of our lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(The United Methodist Book of Worship, 553)

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