It’s Thanksgiving time, and perhaps it is your turn to offer the Thanksgiving prayer at your friends and family gathering.  When asked to pray out loud before a group, it is often easier to have a written prayer prepared.  There is nothing wrong with offering a prayer that has been written down!

Here are some good Thanksgiving prayers:

Our Father in Heaven,
we give thanks for the pleasure of gathering together for this occasion. We give thanks for life, the freedom to enjoy it all, and all other blessings. As we partake of this food, we pray for health and strength to carry on and try to live as You would have us. This we ask in the name of Christ Our Heavenly Father.
– Harry Jewell, mid-1900’s

Dear God,
We thank you for this holiday that reminds us of the need for thanksgiving at all times.  Our ancestors knew the source of their protection and blessing and set an example for us. Let us remember those who are less fortunate than us and give to them out of our abundance.  May we take with us an “attitude of gratitude” that will be present throughout the entire year.  Amen.
-James S. Bell Jr.

Almighty God:
We are so blessed.
thank you for this food,
And for this splendid family
that you have gathered here today.

Lord, we know that everything we have is from you.
And that everything we are is from you.

Indeed, lord –
We are so blessed.
And we are very, very thankful.
– Dr. John N. Todd III

Our prayers for all of you are for a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.  Don’t forget the season of Advent begins this weekend.  The 2008 Advent/GPS Devotional Guide will be available at all worship services this weekend, and at the Thankful Day of Prayer Vigil in Wesley Covenant Chapel today from 6 am – 10 pm.