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                                                                      Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Thanksgiving

Prayers of Confession on Thanksgiving

Adapted from Psalm 22:22; 97:12; 145:1, 3, NRSV

In the midst of the congregation I will praise you.

Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous,

and give thanks to God’s holy name!

I will extol you, my God and King,

and bless your name forever and ever.

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;

God’s greatness is unsearchable.

The Worship Sourcebook


Adapted from Ephesians 1:3-18

All glorious God, we give you thanks:

in your Son, Jesus Christ,

you have given us every spiritual blessing

in the heavenly realms.

You chose us, before the world was made,

to be your holy people, without fault in your sight.

You adopted us as your children in Christ.

You have set us free by his blood;

you have forgiven our sins.

You have made known to us your secret purpose,

to bring heaven and earth into unity in Christ.

You have given us your Holy Spirit,

the seal and pledge of our inheritance.

All praise and glory be yours, O God,

for the richness of your grace,

for the splendor of your gifts,

for the wonder of your love.

The Worship Sourcebook


(Prayer of Adoration)

Most Holy God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit:   

We celebrate Your presence  

and rejoice in Your light that shines  

in our lives and our world.  

Thank You for Your sustaining presence in the past year; 

… that we’re even here is a work of Your grace. 

Thank You for strength when we were weak. 

Thank You for peace amidst our turmoil. 

Thank You for comfort in our anxious moments. 

Thank You for wisdom when we’ve been confused, 

  and for guidance when we were lost.  

 (Prayer of Confession)

As an old year passes and a new one comes,  

full of promise, hope and potential,  

we pray that your Holy Light will shine on all nations,  

all people and all of creation  

leading us in love, peace and joy. 

Richard Herman


O God, Giver of all good, and Fountain of all mercies, in whom are all the springs of our life; all glory, thanks and praise be unto thee for thine unfailing goodness; for thy faithfulness which is from one generation to another; for thy mercies which are new every morning, fresh every moment, and more than we can number. 

We thank thee for seedtime and harvest, and summer and winter, and nights and days throughout the year; for food and clothing’, and shelter; for health and reason; for childhood and age, youth and manhood; for thy fatherly hand ever upon us in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, in life and in death; for friends, kindred, and benefactors; for home and country; for thy church and for thy gospel. 

Yea, Lord, because there is nothing for which we may not bless and thank thee, therefore we do pay our vows now in the presence of all thy people, humbly beseeching thee to accept this our service, which we offer in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Book of Common Order


O God, Giver of all good, and Fountain of all mercies, in whom are all the springs of our life; all glory, thanks and praise be unto you for your unfailing goodness; for your faithfulness which is from one generation to another; for your mercies which are new every morning, fresh every moment, and more than we can number. 

We thank you for seedtime and harvest, and summer and winter, and nights and days throughout the year; for food and clothing’, and shelter; for health and healthy minds; for childhood and age, youth and maturity; for thy fatherly hand ever upon us in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, in life and in death; for friends, family, and those who support us; for home and country; for your church and for your gospel. 

Yea, Lord, because there is nothing for which we may not bless and thank you, therefore we do pay our vows now in the presence of all thy people, humbly beseeching you to accept this our service, which we offer in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Book of Common Order, Language Modernized by Stuart Strachan Jr.


Lord of All Creation … Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer: 

With Thanksgiving close upon us, we’re reminded again 

of the gifts You have given us by Your grace and mercy: 

children and grand-children,  

parents, grandparents and family. 

A place to call “home” and people to call “friends”  

… and those who call us “friend’. 

You give us life itself … as well as Eternal Life in Your Son. Jesus; 

filling our days with labor and hope,  

and our nights with rest and protection.  

So, with grateful hearts we pray: 

Lord in Your mercy – Hear our Prayer.  

Richard Herman


Lord—You are good and You are strong.  

You are faithful and You are loving.  

All that we have comes from Your hands: 

Hands that … 

hold us when we are weak, 

heal us when we’re wounded, 

protect us when we’re threatened, 

guide us when we’re lost, 

feed us when we are hungry, 

work with us when we labor in Your kingdom.  

So … we can with confidence trust all to Your hands. 

Into You hands we place those we love and care about  

who are ill or injured … in need of healing. 

Into Your hands we give those who grieve and mourn. 

Into Your hands we give those of us who have too little,  

as well as those of us who have too much. 

Into Your hands we surrender our nation—and pray for wisdom, courage, grace and compassion for our national and local leaders. 

Into You hands we lay the desperate, the despondent and the depressed— 

give them hope, Lord;  

and then enable them to realize that hope.  

In Your hands we entrust the church— 

struggling to live the balance of grace and truth,  

compassionate caring and convicting declaration.  

Into You hands we surrender all. 

All to You, Lord, we surrender;  

all to You we freely give;  

We will ever love and trust You,  

in Your presence daily live.  

We surrender all, we surrender all,  

all to thee, our blessed Savior,  

we surrender all.  

All to You, Lord, we surrender;  

Lord, we give ourselves to You; 

worldly pleasures all forsaken;  

take us, Jesus, take us now.  

We surrender all, we surrender all,  

all to thee, our blessed Savior,  

we surrender all.  

This we pray, in Your name, Jesus, 

Richard Herman