Prayer for Thanksgiving: Most Blessed, Most Beautiful

christus-hand-lds-adapted1 Corinthians 3:21-23 NRSV
So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all belong to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

Most blessed, most beautiful Christ,
in you we receive all things

The receiving takes growth, so you give us guiding-
saints and sages and scripture
Thank you for the guiding

The receiving takes others, so you give us the world-
nature and neighbors and nations
Thank you for the world

The receiving takes change, so you give us seasons-
life and death and new life
Thank you for the seasons

The receiving takes time, so you give us time-
present and future and forever
Thank you for the time

Most blessed, most beautiful
You give us yourself
And in you, O Christ
We belong
To you and to God and to all
Thank you for the giving

For a worship setting, consider the following version. One voice prays the portion in regular print while the congregation prays the portion in bold print.

Most blessed, most beautiful Christ,
in you we receive all things

The receiving takes growth, so you give us guiding-
saints and sages and scripture
Thank you for the guiding
in you we receive all things

The receiving takes others, so you give us the world-
nature and neighbors and nations
Thank you for the world
in you we receive all things

The receiving takes change, so you give us seasons-
life and death and new life
Thank you for the seasons
in you we receive all things

The receiving takes time, so you give us time-
present and future and forever
Thank you for the time
in you we receive all things

Most blessed, most beautiful
You give us yourself
And in you, O Christ
We belong
To you and to God and to all
Thank you for the giving
in you we receive all things

The congregation now offers their own prayers of thanksgiving, concluding with the Lord’s Prayer

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Celebrate Together: an order of worship for a blended Thanksgiving service

give-thanksOn the Sunday before Thanksgiving, our congregation comes together for one blended worship service (instead of a contemporary service and a traditional service) followed by a community meal. It’s a joyful time to bring all the musicians together to lead worship, including the children’s choir. We organized the service into three sections- Praise the Lord, Thank the Lord, and Testify to the Lord. We hope it inspires wonderful worship in your congregation. Happy Thanksgiving! – Lisa <><

Welcome and Announcements
Greeting One Another- Passing the Peace of Christ

Praise the Lord
Musical Selection serving as an Introit
Congregational Singing: We Gather Together – United Methodist Hymnal #131 vs 1, 2

Music continues and transitions to next song during the prayer

Prayer of Thanks
VOICE ONE
Let us give thanks to God, Maker of Heaven and Earth,
For the blessings and gifts so freely bestowed upon us

VOICE TWO
For the splendor and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea

ALL
Thanks be to God!

VOICE ONE
For the beautiful diversity of people and cultures across your good earth

ALL
Thanks be to God!

VOICE TWO
For our daily food and drink
For our home and those who love us

ALL
Thanks be to God!
May all receive what they need

VOICE ONE
For minds to think, hearts to love, hands to serve

ALL
Thanks be to God!

VOICE TWO
For all who work courageously
For truth, peace, and justice,

ALL
Thanks be to God!

ONE
Above all, let us give thanks
for the great promises and mercies
given to us and all the world
in Jesus Christ our Lord

ALL
Alleluia!
Praise and glory be to Christ
With the Father and the Holy Spirit
Now and forever

Congregational Singing: Shout to the Lord, CCLI Song # 1406918 (twice)
Affirmation of Faith: Apostles’ Creed, United Methodist Hymnal #881

Musical Selection

Thank the Lord
Offertory Prayer
Offertory Musical Selection
Doxology

Praying for the Needs of Others
Lord’s Prayer

Congregational Singing: 10,000 Reasons, CCLI Song # 6016351
Congregational Singing: All Creatures of Our God and King, CCLI Song # 3608102

Video: The Cure by Journey Box Media
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
Message: Give Thanks in All Circumstances

Testify to the Lord
Spontaneous Prayers of Thanks
Congregational Singing: Give Thanks, CCLI Song # 20285 (twice)
Congregational Singing: Amazing Grace/My Chains are Gone, CCLI Song # 4768151

Departing Blessing

Generosity: There is Enough. I am Enough.

fear of missing out fomo mojo brene brownPsalm 23:5 (NRSV)
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

It is good to remember that a part of you has always loved God. There is a part of you that has always said yes. There is a part of you that is Love itself, and that is what we must fall into. It is already there. Once you move your identity to that level of deep inner contentment, you will realize you are drawing upon a Life that is much larger than your own and from a deeper abundance. Once you learn this, why would you ever again settle for scarcity in your life? “I’m not enough! This is not enough! I do not have enough!” I am afraid this is the way culture trains you to think. It is a kind of learned helplessness. The Gospel message is just the opposite— inherent power.
– Richard Rohr

John 10:9-10 NRSV
Jesus said, “I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

There’s enough for everyone’s need but not enough for everyone’s greed.
– Ghandi

Jesus taught us that if we share, if we combine our resources with trust in God, there is enough — the abundance mentality. This perception that there is enough connects directly to our willingness to share compassionately. It flows naturally from being detached from our possessions; when we want less, we have enough.
– Christopher Maricle, The Jesus Priorities

Mark 12:41-44 NRSV
Jesus sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

True poverty and riches are in our hearts,
not our pockets.

Fear is the only prison that prevents us
from loving deeply,
from giving freely,
from living richly.

Generosity is the power that sets us free.
It melts the prison bars.
It fills the coffers of our hearts.

In generosity, regardless of circumstances,
even the penniless are not poor,
even the destitute are not alone,
even the flat broke are not afraid.

Give everything you have,
all you have to live on,
and you will be free
and unafraid.
Generosity by Steve Garnaas Holmes

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