Thanksgiving Day Table Prayer 2018


Thanksgiving Day Table Prayer
 
We give thanks to You, God of life…
 
For the gifts that you have given to us in one another
and we pray this day for those who are absent from our table
 
We ask your blessing on the food before us

and those whose labor has prepared it
and we pray for those who hunger for food and labor
 
We ask you to bless us with strength in body,mind and spirit
and we pray for those in need of health,happiness and faith
 
We give thanks for our nation born of

faith,courage and love’s labor
and we pray for those parts of our nation and world torn

by violence and war
 
We give thanks for all those you have given to us

in family and friends
and we remember those who have been called from this life
(name those we have lost)
 
We give thanks for this time to make memories,
letting go of that which divides us,
 forgiving and being forgiven,
that we might begin anew to live fully alive in joy.
 
Bless this food before us,
the people that join us
and all of those who join us in this world wide family of hope.
 
With gratitude, we pray.   AMEN

Thanksgiving Table 2018

We who gather at this table
invite SILENCE to be seated with us
that we might be ONE
with all those who discover
new frontiers
who dare to dream
who choose to create a world
of justice
where each one has value
and integrity finds a home
in us
through us
and around us.

We, who gather at this table
invite GRATITUDE to be seated with us
that we might refuse to give this moment
to what is next

or what is behind us
or to that which never happened

but, instead, we are present...right here and now...
that we might dispel despair
with a grateful heart...
For that which encourages us to stretch
and those who saw in us what we could not see..
whose presence we touch in absence from our table
For water, soil, solar power, and wind
in us 
through us

around us

We, who gather at this table
invite FAITH, not fear, to be seated with us
that we might -- just for this moment
believe in God's dream
that peace shall reign
that freedom is impossible to suppress
that generous hearts build bridges between
the lost
the forgotten
the hungry
the hopeless.
Here, at this table, we believe.

And, just for today, we give thanks

For the call
To be Thanks-Givers
To be Dream-Makers
And Dream Catchers.
in us
through us
and around us

NOW, AND FOREVER