As we approach Thanksgiving on Thursday, I wanted to share a litany and a prayer, both from the Book of Common Prayer, that you might want to consider using as a part of your celebration with friends and family:

A Litany of Thanksgiving

Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us.

For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea.
We thank you, Lord.

For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ,
We thank you, Lord.

For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends,
We thank you, Lord.

For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve,
We thank you, Lord.

For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play,
We thank you, Lord.

For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity,
We thank you, Lord.

For all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice,
We thank you, Lord.

For the communion of saints, in all times and places,
We thank you, Lord.

Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord; To him be praise and glory, with you, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

A Prayer for Thanksgiving Day

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

I’ll close with a challenge in the form of a question, one that I first read (I think) from Ann Voskamp in a Thanksgiving post once:

How is your gratitude for the blessings you’ve been given changing the way you live?

It’s a common tradition to share among  family and friends what we are thankful for as we celebrate Thanksgiving, but this year, consider asking that deeper question, even if you don’t ask it out loud. It’s important to be grateful for the blessings you’ve received, but how have those blessings allowed you to bless others? Maybe this year has been a hard one. Still, gratitude can take our anxiety, fear, disappointment, resentment, bitterness, and anger and rob them of their power as it slowly shapes us to be more like Christ. This is my prayer for myself this year, and my prayer for you, as well. As each of us has “received without paying; [let us] give without pay.” (Matthew 10:8b)

If you would like to download this as a printable that you can use at your Thanksgiving table, you can find this graphic version here. I’m printing mine on cardstock and putting one at each place setting of our Thanksgiving table.Thanksgiving Litany | Free download from Antiquated Notions

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!