A Thanksgiving Prayer
God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all grace:
We thank you for the gift of life:
for the breath that sustains life,
for the food of this earth that nurtures life,
for the life-giving love of family and friends.
We thank you for the mystery of creation:
for the beauty of the Earth that the eye can see,
for the unfolding universe that draws us beyond our imaginings.
We thank you for the communities to which we belong:
for families, for friends,
for neighbors and for companions at work.
We thank you for the strangers who welcome us into their lives and whom we invite to be part of ours.
We thank you for our brothers and sisters of all ages, all races, all nations and all faiths.
We thank you for the multitude of ways that you call us to steward the gifts of creation and to serve others in your name.
We thank you for this day, for the companionship we share and the bountiful goodness of the bread we break together.
God of all goodness, we pray in thanks for your presence among us as we gather together, and your promise to be with us now and always. AMEN.
A Thanksgiving Prayer (2016)
O Lord our God,
who supplies us with countless blessings,
lift up our hearts in gratitude and thanksgiving.
Help us to remember the gifts we seldom notice,
the abundance we take for granted,
the rich possibilities you provide.
For our daily bread,
for water that is pure,
for houses to live in and friends to enjoy,
we give you humble thanks.
For beauty and fruitfulness,
for healing and hope,
for the comfort of your presence,
we lift our voices in joyful praise
now and always.
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Thanksgiving Blessing (2015)
Loving and gracious God,
your blessings are countless
and your love is never-ending.
As we celebrate this Thanksgiving,
we pray that you will open our hearts
to you and to one another,
that we may share the gifts you have given us
in loving service to all people.
Lord, our God,
you have done wondrous things on earth;
guide us as we care for and protect the earth,
our island home.
Grant us joy of heart,
and may peace dwell with us.
We pray in your Holy Name.
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