Sep 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Litany

Here’s a litany of thanksgiving and prayer of commitment written by Lisa Frenz.

Litany of Thanksgiving

We praise and thank our God
for all that we have been given!

We praise and thank our God
for earth and oceans, rain and sun, for food and homes.

We praise and thank our God
for the blessings of life and faith and hope.

We praise and thank our God
for the Creator who made us, the Christ who saved us,
and the Counselor who guides us.

We praise and thank our God
for family and friends, for neighbors and coworkers.

We praise and thank our God
for God has blessed us beyond all expectations.

We praise and thank our God
for all blessings which compel us
to reach out to those with less,
to be of service to any in need,
to keep company with the unwelcome,
to seek peace and make friends of our enemies.

Let us pray,
Lord God, you have enriched us, saved us, loved us.
Open our hearts and minds to your will
that we may be free to share everything we have,
to give away whatever holds us hostage in spirit,
that we may always know that possessions are just that:
things, lovely to have,
but in the end only good for the good they can do in this world.
Keep us always in that work,
the work of Christ and Christ's kingdom,
the kingdom of God. Amen.

— Copyright Lisa Frenz. From a Thanksgiving liturgy written for the Mount Carmel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

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