Oct 29, 2015

Prayer of Thanksgiving for All Saints Day

Here’s a prayer of thanksgiving suitable for use on All Saints Day (November 1).  It was written by Thom M. Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies.

Prayer for All Saints

You have blessed us
with saints all of our lives,
God of the ages:
those who put up with us,
and those who prepared us for discipleship;
those who have touched us with their compassion,
and those who illumine the way for us.

Through the valleys and over the hills,
down the dusty streets of every village,
saints traveled with you,
Jesus, Child of grace and glory:
those who impetuously chased after you,
and those whose feet longed to turn back;
those who jostled for your attention,
and those who made sure little children
were able to meet you.
 
You surround us with saints,
even when we don't recognize
or much less appreciate them, Spirit of wonder:
some live down the corner from us,
while others are on the other side of the world;
some run to catch the leaves spiraling to the ground,
while others make a meal for a sick neighbor's family.
 
For all the saints of every age, especially ours,
we give you our gratitude and praise,
God in Community, Holy in One. Amen.

~ written by Thom M. Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies. http://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.ca/