Day of Thanksgiving (U.S.A.)
We gather this day to give thanks to God for the gifts of this land and its people, for God has been generous to us. As we ask God’s blessing upon the food we share, may we be mindful of the lonely and the hungry.
Let us listen to the words of scripture:
4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, 5for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind — 6just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you — 7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us pray:
God most provident, we join all creation in offering you praise through Jesus Christ. For generations the people of this land have sung of your bounty. With them, we offer you thanksgiving for the rich harvest we have received at your hands. Bless us and this food that we share with grateful hearts. Continue to make our land fruitful and let our love for you be seen in our pursuit of justice and peace and in our generous response to those in need. May Christ, the living bread, bring us to the feast of eternal life. Amen.