Aug 28, 2011

Prayer of Thanksgiving: Proper 18A

Here’s a general prayer of thanksgiving based on the scripture texts for September 4, 2011 (Proper 18A), written by Nathan Nettleton and posted on his website. If your congregation celebrates the Lord’s Supper each week, you can find a version of this prayer formatted for use at the Table on that site as well.

General Prayer of Thanksgiving

We give you all thanks and praise, O God,
It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God,
for your delight is in your people,
and the day of our salvation is near.

You are our King and our maker,
for all things came into being at your command.
You came to save your people from slavery,
striking the land of their oppressors,
and setting free all who identified themselves
with the blood of your lamb.

In your child, Jesus, you have again come to save us.
In his love we have seen the fulfilment of your law
and the revelation of your desire to reconcile all people –
to yourself and to one another.
When he was killed you raised him to life,
and marked us for salvation with his blood.
Now wherever two or three gather,
clothed in his love,
you are present in the midst of us
and we rejoice in you forever.

Therefore, with our hearts lifted high,
we offer you thanks and praise at all times
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

© 2002 Nathan Nettleton 

For more worship resources related to the texts for September 4, 2011 (the twelfth Sunday after Pentecost), click on Proper 18A in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page. 

For other prayers and prayer resources on this blog, see this Prayer index.