Prayers of the People | Thanksgiving

Prayers of the People | Thanksgiving

We gather on this Thanksgiving weekend, very aware of the pain of our world and of the ways that humanity has injured God’s good creation. We are aware of the hurts and sorrows and longings and needs of so many known to us. We read so much in the news of how violence has torn communities—in Las Vegas, in Edmonton, in the Middle East, in so many places on the African continent—and how fragile seems the world’s peace. Still do we dare to feast in hope against the darkness; still do we dare to offer our thanks.

For the beauty and wonder of creation; for the land on which we live, and for the harvest that it yields. With grateful and searching hearts,

We give you thanks.

For all that is gracious in the lives of women and men, revealing the image of Christ; for minds to think and hearts to love. With grateful and searching hearts,

We give you thanks.

For our daily food, for our homes and families and friends, and for all who gather here tonight. With grateful and searching hearts,

We give you thanks.

For those who are brave and courageous, patient in suffering and faithful in adversity; for all who continue to have imaginations to pursue peace, justice, and truth. With grateful and searching hearts,

We give you thanks.

For all who have gone before us, and who have now died; for all of your saints—known and unknown—whose lives have reflected the light of Christ. With grateful and searching hearts,

We give you thanks.

Amen.

 

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