Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Thanksgiving Psalm

Some time ago when I was small, my mother started a tradition in my family at Thanksgiving. At the start of the big meal, we read together Psalm 100.  As my brother and I have grown, married, and added children to the family, the ritual continues. 

The ritual is a reminder of who we are as the Grateful People of God.  It is a passing of our faith in a Faithful God from one generation to another.

I invite you to join us praying this ancient prayer of Thanksgiving to God:

Psalm 100
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Mighty God,
by your power you created us,
and by your goodness you call us to be your people.
Accept the offering of our worship
that every race and nation 
may enter your courts,
praising you in song;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

prayer from the Book of Common Worship

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