Saturday, October 4, 2014

For October 12, 2014 -- Thanksgiving Sunday

CALL TO WORSHIP
On this Thanksgiving weekend, we gather for worship.
To give thanks for the gifts of the land, the gifts of God.
On this Thanksgiving weekend, we gather for worship.
To celebrate God's presence, to open ourselves to God's wisdom.
On this Thanksgiving weekend, we gather for worship.
And as we gather we make our offering of fruits of the earth, to share with the community around us...

OPENING PRAYER
God, as we gather to worship,
remind us of the blessings in our lives, that we would be thankful.
God, as we gather for worship,
remind us of the ways you have acted in the past, that we would remember.
God, as we gather for worship,
open in us an attitude of thanksgiving, an awareness of blessed abundance.
God, when we leave this time of worship,
may our eyes see first the abundance in our lives, may our voices first share the words of thanksgiving.
These thing we pray in the name of Jesus, the Risen Christ, who taught his friends to pray saying...

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Children of God, what has God given you?
...time of silent thanksgiving...
Children of God, what good things have happened in your lives this year?
...time of silent thanksgiving...
Children of God, how has God been with you in the hard times of life?
...time of silent thanksgiving...
Children of God, for the Grace that flows freely from God,
we sing songs of praise and thanksgiving.
Children of God, as a thankful people,
we thank the God who has given us life, and that in abundance. Amen.

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