Old Fashioned Thanksgiving

Old Fashioned Thanksgiving November 27, 2013

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every-
where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of
heaven and earth.

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have
done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole
creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life,
and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for
the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best
efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy
and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures
that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the
truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast
obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying,
through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life
again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and
make him known; and through him, at all times and in all
places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

                            The Book of Common Prayer, pp. 367 and 837

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  • Kelli Clifford

    Nice. Thanks, Pete. Have a great Thanksgiving.:-)

  • Lise

    Lately I’ve been reflecting much on the ritual of saying grace. As a child I remember that no matter whose house I was at for dinner, people said a blessing before they ate. It was a cultural thing. Now, very few people I know say grace – even people in religious traditions. I think this is sad and so reflective of our consumer society. I don’t care if one is a full on believer or a hard core atheist. When others are starving in the world, how can we not give thanks for every blessing we have and turn our prayers to those that don’t? And why are we always focusing on what we don’t have instead of acknowledging all that we do? May there come a day when everyone has food in their bellies and a place at a table with loved ones. Thanks for bringing it back to the basics.

  • kathile

    Amen, thank you for that.

  • Brian P.

    It is indeed right, and a good and joyful thing.

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  • A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!