This year on Thanksgiving Eve, PUMC is not gathering in the sanctuary for worship. Rather, the church is gathering as the church in homes near and far, as did the early church by celebrating being the body of Christ through sharing a common meal. Please use the following brief worship service in the home where you are giving thanks.
One: O God, in your Son Jesus Christ you richly bless us with all that we need, bread from the earth and the bread of heaven, which gives life to the world. Grant us one thing more: grateful hearts to sing your praise, in this world and the world to come.
All: Come, let us praise God joyfully.
One: Let us come before God with thanksgiving.
All: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. Amen.
Hymn (Tune – “Morning Has Broken”)
Praise and thanksgiving, Father we offer,
for all things living thou madest good;
Harvest of sown fields, fruits of the orchard
hay from the mown fields, blossom and wood.
Bless thou the labor we bring to serve thee,
that with our neighbor we may be fed.
Sowing or tilling, we would work with thee;
Harvesting, milling, for daily bread.
Father, providing food for thy children,
thy wisdom guiding teaches us share
one with another, so that rejoicing
with us, our brother may know thy care.
Then will thy blessing reach every people;
all men confessing thy gracious hand.
Where thy will reigneth no man will hunger;
thy love sustaineth; fruitful the land.
God clothes the grass of the field and feeds the birds of the air. On behalf of the church and the world, we offer our prayers more from our need to be transformed by our awareness of them than from any need of God to be reminded of them.
Still collectively in prayer, lift up “popcorn” style prayers of individual joys and concerns, giving ample time for silence, concluding with:
Free us from all fear and worry that, trusting in your goodness, we may always praise your mighty deeds and give you thanks for the bounty of your gifts. We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Share the Feast with Thanksgiving!
(adapted primarily from http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/prayers.php?id=231)
(a different resource from GBOD is “A Morning Prayer of Thanksgiving”)