While every day, sometimes every hour, there seems to appear a new cause for worry, a new disheartening statistic, there is also much for which we can offer thanks. In so doing, we defy the power of worry and speak as a people of the risen Christ, a people of hope.
We thank You for all Your gifts, loving God;
source of every good thing.
We praise You for Your mercies,
new every morning, and renewed in the evening.
We thank You, God, for inspiring us through Your Spirit;
giving us ears to hear the words of the prophets,
and voices to carry the message of Your continuing presence with us.
We thank You for people around us,
caring, inspiring, and challenging;
may we rejoice in their example and follow You more closely.
For Your love;
Your persistent reminder that You will not let us go;
Your people, flesh and bone, the body of Christ,
we praise You and give You thanks.
We remember and give thanks for the great cloud of witnesses, those who have gone before us in the faith,
those who have spoken Your word
and lived Your love, that we may know You;
those we have known personally, our family and friends, no longer present on earth but in Your closer company,
those we have not known
whose lives and words inspire us even now.
On this day, in particular, we lift up the multitude of your people on the COVID-19 pandemic front lines working and working — to keep your world healthy and safe from harm. Keep them healthy and safe, O God.
In gratitude we offer this and all our prayers, in, and through, Jesus Christ our Lord.
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