Oct 2, 2012

Scripture Litany for Thanksgiving

Here’s a scripture litany with a thanksgiving theme based on Psalm 100 and Deuteronomy 6 and 8.  It could be read by one or two voices, or by leader and congregation.

Scripture Litany
(based on Psalm 100 and Deuteronomy 6,8)

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.

Know that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Never forget what the Lord has done for you—
how he led you out of slavery into a land flowing with milk and honey;
a land of wheat and barley,
of grapevines, fig trees and pomegranates;
of olive oil and honey—
a land where food is plentiful and nothing is lacking.

But when you have eaten your fill,
when you have become prosperous,
and built fine homes to live in,
when your flocks and herds have become large,
and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else,
then take care!

Take care that you don’t become proud,
(Look what I’ve accomplished all by myself!)—
that you don’t become so full of yourself and your achievements
that you forget the Lord your God,
from whose hand all these good things come.

Instead, remember that it is the Lord your God
who freed you from slavery in Egypt,
who led you through the wilderness,
who gave you water to drink when there was no water,
who fed you with manna when there was no food,
who led you to this land of abundance,
and who gives you the strength to earn a living.

So praise God for what you have been given!
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good,
his unfailing love endures forever,
and his faithfulness continues to every generation.

~ written for ThanksGiving: A Service of Gratitude, published by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. http://foodgrainsbank.ca/thanksgiving_worship_resources.aspx