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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Prayer for Thanksgiving Day

Prayer of the Church
National Day of Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 22, 2007

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name; bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.

Almighty God, Lord of all creation, Giver of all that is good, on this day of thanksgiving, receive our praise, our gratitude, our thanksgiving and joy for the blessings of the abundant and rich life You graciously provide.
Your gifts are too numerous to count, O Lord. We thank You for all that You have made and continue to sustain. Your mighty hand stretches forth and it faithfully feeds and supplies our needs. Not one day passes without all of our needs being met. Thank You, Lord, for all that You have given us.

We especially remember the harvest of crops and produce that You permit the land to yield. Receive our thanks for all those whose occupation secures for the rest of us the fruits of the earth.
As we acknowledge that all good things come from You, dear Father, help us to use the bounty we enjoy wisely and carefully. Remind us that as You set Adam and Eve in the garden to tend and care for it, You would have us to live on this earth, caring and respecting what for You have made.
We remember those who serve our nation in the military. Wherever they are on this Thanksgiving Day, heavenly Father, continue to extend Your hand of protection over them. Equip faithful chaplains to remind our nation’s soldiers, sailors, airmen and women, that the God of might and power is also the God of love and grace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Bless our nation, heavenly Father. Be with all our national leaders and their families this day. To our president, our congressional leaders and senators, all federal and state magistrates and all local civil servants, grant abundant wisdom, that they may govern properly and so secure a peaceful society where the Gospel of Christ Jesus may have free course and be preached to the joy and nurturing of all peoples.

As you fed Your people with manna throughout their pilgrimage in the wilderness, so nourish us this day with the body and blood of Your Son, the bread of heaven that does not perish.
We thank You, O God and Lord, for all of Your blessings on this day of thanksgiving. Especially do we praise You for the gift of the forgiveness of sins and the hope of heaven we have in Christ Jesus. Grant that through of this gift of gifts, we may continually give thanks for the daily bread and the bounties of this earth we receive through our Savior and Redeemer, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


--Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod


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