A Thanksgiving Prayer

I love to pray the Thanksgiving of the Reformed Church:

Holy and right it is, and our joyful duty, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, O Lord, Holy Father, almighty and everlasting God.

You have created heaven with all its host, and the earth with all its plenty. You have given us life, and being, and you preserve us by your providence.

But you have shown us the fullness of your life by sending in the world Jesus Christ, the eternal Word, made flesh for us and for our salvation. For the precious gift of this mighty savior who has reconciled us to you, we praise and bless you, O God.

And some lines from the General Thanksgiving of the 1979 Prayerbook, first added in 1662, originally written by a Presbyterian who came back into the Church of England in the Settlement:

We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of our life, but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and the hope of glory.

And we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies that, with truly thankful hearts, we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days.

Through Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, throughout all ages.

One thought on “A Thanksgiving Prayer

  1. Thank you for recalling these great prayers for us. They became the core for my meditation this morning. The phrasing conveys one to a higher spiritual step: “our joyful duty”, “such an awareness of your mercies..that we give thanks..not only with our lips, but our lives.” Revisiting this language helps me to become aware of just how unaware I become of that flow of mercy, fixated as I am on current anxieties and issues. My worried prayer of “God, help us!” is already answered—before the words are on my lips. Again, thank you for this refreshment. Now, on to “joyful duties.”

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