A Thanksgiving Litany
Instructions: The following is a responsive reading for a Thanksgiving service which starts out being thankful for the ‘big picture items’ but progresses down into some close and personal items that we need to be thankful (to God) for. I wrote this for use at our local church, but it could easily be modified to your local needs. The congregational responses are all based on scripture.
Pastor: God, today we are thankful, most of all, for YOU. Without you, we cannot even breathe. You provide rhythm to our hearts and lives. You are our protector, our guide, our strength, our creator and our redeemer. We are thankful for your very presence at this time.
All: We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is near. (Ps 75:1)
Pastor: God, you created this wonderful terrestrial ball known as the planet Earth and the entire galaxy that surrounds it. You are the provider and the sustainer of all life, for all time and in all continuums.
Men: I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. (Ps 9:1)
Women: All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name. (Ps 66:4)
Pastor: We are thankful for this great Nation – the United States of America. We are thankful for our liberties, for our freedoms; and especially the ability to worship You as guided by your very WORD without being hindered by our government or other adversaries.
All: May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. (Ps 67:4)
Pastor: We are thankful for the leadership of this great Country. Continue to guide our leaders and keep us safe.
All: Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord. (Ps 4:6b)
Pastor: We are thankful for the state of CT, for the wonderful changing of the seasons, and for the bountiful harvests and plentiful jobs.
Men: You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. (Ps 65: 9)
Women: You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. (Ps 65:11)
Pastor: We are thankful for community services; for community shelters, food banks, nursing homes, police and fire protection, churches, schools, hospitals and libraries.
All: You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. (Ps 68:35)
Pastor: We are thankful for our local church and our governing Synod. Keep us true and steadfast to your Word.
All: Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under his care. (Ps 95:6)
Pastor: We are thankful for all who serve in our church, our Pastor, the secretary, the Church Council, the Altar Guild, the Sunday School teachers, the Ushers, those who clean and maintain the property, those who provide music for our worship services, those who pray, those who need our prayers and all those who attend this church.
All: I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly. (Ps 111:1)
Pastor: We are thankful for each other, for our families and for our homes.
All: O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever. (Ps 30:12b)
Pastor: We are thankful for the many blessings which you have provided for each one of us; food, shelter, clothing, employment , health and an education.
Men: I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Ps 4:8)
Women: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall lack nothing. (Ps 23:1)
All: I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. (Ps 7:17)
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of International Bible Society