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  • Writer's pictureRev. Dr. Billy Burch

A Thanksgiving Liturgy

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Happy Thanksgiving y'all! In case you missed it, I wanted to share this Thanksgiving liturgy I read this past Sunday during worship. May it guide you to reflect on this season of thankfulness.

We gather as your children, God, children loved by You– However glad we are, however out of sorts we are. We come together as a people whom you, Jesus, call into community – So this becomes a place where all are welcome. We have come to give thanks, to pray and sing, to be with other – And we are grateful to You, Father.

It is a time set apart, A time to come together; A space filled with silence A space filled with song; Hearts seeking solace, Hearts overflowing with joy: This is the day the Lord has made. And we are grateful to You, King.

What brings us joy? What slows us down? What gives us hope? What makes us think? What invites us to wonder? What makes us change? Might it have something to do with the Holy?

We come to you, God, to thank you for what is good. We come to you, God, to cry out for what is wrong. We come to you, God, to ask for help and restoration. We come to you, God, with aching hearts and glad souls.

But we see light, hope, and joy; We bring heart, soul, mind, and body; We share blessings and fears; We bring faith and doubt. With all that we are and all that we have, we stand in Your presence; thankful, blessed.

As the sun rises in the morning, As the cool breeze ushers in the evening, As the afternoon wind scatters the autumn leaves across the grass God is present with us.

A love that never ceases, A creativity that designed the universe, A hope that cannot be quenched, A pursuit of reconciliation no matter the cost: These are the things that are of you, God, And we are grateful to you, Creator.

When I think of God’s presence in the world, I am grateful: Grateful for the presence of hope; grateful for the gift of life. And when I think of God’s presence in my life, I am humbled: Humbled by the gift of grace; humbled by the invitation to begin again. And when I think of God’s presence in this community, I am glad: Glad to be surrounded by holy people worshipping our Holy God.

We come to offer thanks; we come to sing and pray. Welcome, friends, to this time set apart, A time to remember those we love, and time to remember the holy promises of God. Welcome, friends, to this table of remembrance and joy, The table where we are fed, the feast we share with many.

In this week of Thanksgiving, it is the right thing to give thanks,

to you Jesus, who gave your life to provide life for us both now and…

To be at your Thanksgiving table forever.

In the name of the Father and Son and Holy Spirit.

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