Sep 21, 2011

Prayer of Thanksgiving: Proper 22A

Here’s a general prayer of thanksgiving based on the scripture texts for October 2, 2011 (Proper 22A, Ordinary 27A).  It was written by Nathan Nettleton.  If you visit his site, you can also find this prayer formatted for use at communion.

Prayer of Thanksgiving
(based on Exodus 20:1-20, Psalm 19,
Matthew 21:33-46 and Philippians 3:4-14)

We give you all thanks and praise, O God,
for you have made us your own, through Christ Jesus,
and given us a new righteousness based on faith.

You created the entire universe:
the sky tells of your glory,
day and night reveal the genius of your ways.
You brought your people out of slavery
and gave them your laws and commandments,
that they might be rich in Spirit and clear in vision.

Though we repeatedly rejected your ways
and destroyed your messengers,
you sent your Son to us to renew heaven’s call.
Though the crowds recognised him as a prophet,
those who coveted his inheritance seized and killed him.
But you raised him from the dead,
and now through the power of his resurrection
he stands as the cornerstone of righteousness,
the first fruits of the kingdom,
and the incomparable prize towards which we press.

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.
Amen.

© 2002 Nathan Nettleton www.laughingbird.net  Visit his site for more good lectionary-based resources.

For more worship resources related to this text, or other texts for October 2, 2011 (the sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost), click on Proper 22A 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.