A prayer of Thanksgiving offered at our Vesper service. I offer it here today as a guide for Thanksgiving. Hear more on our weekly podcast – episode #129 of the “Next Step” at http://epostle.net
Priest: Heavenly Father we thank you for the blessings of each day and especially this one. We thank you for all the wonders around us – both those we touch as well as those we feel, sometimes with our hands, sometimes with our hearts and sometimes with our soul.
We thank you for the food which gives us our physical strength, and even more for the living food which fills our souls and spirits. We thank you that you did not forget us, your creation, but in your love as our creator, you sent your only-begotten Son so that we may have life and have it abundantly.
We thank you for the material blessings, this great country and all of its workings. We thank you for our families and friends, for the fellowship that we share with one another here at church, for the love you have placed in our hearts and our willingness to reach out to other.
Look upon us in your mercy and keep the spirit of Thanksgiving in our lives every day, so that we may be inspired to reach out to those in need and share the wealth you have so abundantly blessed us with. May we reach out with the greatest of these gifts, your Love, to touch the hatred, the wars, the poverty and other evils and show the power of good over evil. Use us, O Lord, as the instruments that usher in Your Kingdom.
In all things, may our words and actions reflect the glory, praise and honor that are due you, Father Almighty, along with your Son, Jesus Christ and the life-giving Holy Spirit, now and always, Amen.