Sep 29, 2015

Thanksgiving Call to Worship: Grateful Praise

Here’s a call to worship for Thanksgiving written by David Inglis.  It uses the sung refrain from the hymn, For the Beauty of the Earth as a congregational response.

Call to Worship for Thanksgiving:
Grateful Praise

God created the heavens,
star-spattered with beauty,
and the earth, teeming with life.
And God set us on the Earth,
alive and wide-eyed,
able to see and hear,
feel and taste life's beauty,
able to dream and plan,
create and build out of the richness of the earth.
Lord of all to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise!

God gave us families to love us,
teachers to teach us,
elders to guide us,
and leaders to inspire us.
God gave us His Son
to save us from the path of destruction and sin,
and to be a strengthening presence
in our trials and temptations.
Lord of all to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise!

Every good thing that fills our souls with gladness
and our lives with light
is a gift from God.
We have been entrusted with unfathomable riches.
For this, let us come before God
in thanksgiving and grateful praise.
Lord of all to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise!

~ written by David Inglis, Senior Pastor at the Henrietta United Church of Christ in Henrietta, New York.  http://www.henriettaucc.org/PastorsPage/CallsToWorship.shtml