Aug 1, 2012

Prayer of Thanksgiving: Proper 16 B

Here’s a prayer of thanksgiving from Nathan Nettleton. It’s based on the suggested scripture readings for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16 B).

General Prayer of Thanksgiving

We give you all thanks and praise, O God,
for you are the giver of honour and grace
and we are eager for your presence with us.

The heavens and the earth cannot contain you
for you have created them and hold them in your hand.
And yet you dwell among your people
and allow even the birds of the air
to nest in your courts and honour you with their song.

You have sent your Holy One, Jesus Christ,
to speak to us your word of Spirit and life.
Though the forces of evil and death consumed him,
he rose from the grave
proclaiming your gospel of peace.
Now he nourishes us for eternal life
and arms us with truth, righteousness and salvation
that we might stand firm against the corrupt spiritual powers
that would tear down all who seek you with integrity.

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.

~ Copyright © 2003 Nathan Nettleton