A Thanksgiving Prayer
Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done
for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation,
for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the
mystery of love. We thank you for the blessing of family and
friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every
side. We thank you for setting us at tasks that demand our best
efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments that satisfy and
delight us. We thank you also for those disappointments and
failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you
alone. Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the
truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast
obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying,
through which he conquered death; and for his rising to life
again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom. Grant
us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know Christ and make
him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may
give thanks to you in all things. Amen.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and
I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn
from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find
rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden
is light (Matthew 11:28-30).
And Jesus said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the
laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the
harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Luke 10:2).
For Military Veterans
O Judge of the nations, we thank you with grateful hearts for
the men and women of our country who in the day of decision
ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we
may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of
true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the
Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ in his earthly life shared
our toil and hallowed our labor: Be present with your people
where they work; make those who carry on the industries and
commerce of this land responsive to your will; and give us all a
right satisfaction in what we do, and a just return for our labor;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in
the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
For Commerce and Industry
O Lord Jesus Christ, in your earthly life you shared our toil and
hallowed our labor: Guide those who maintain the commerce
and industries of this land, and give to all who labor pride in
their work, a just reward, and joy both in supplying need and in
serving you; who with the Father and the Holy Spirit live and
reign, one God, world without end. Amen.