Lincoln Proclamation for Thankgiving Revised for a Community Prayer

This is a prayer I will offer tonight at the Community Thanksgiving service.

On October 3, 1863 Abraham Lincoln in the midst of the Civil War issued a proclamation of national thanksgiving; initiating this tradition we gather to celebrate on this week.  My invocation paraphrases some of the words of that declaration.

God of every time and season, we bow our heads tonight as this year draws towards its close to acknowledge how you have filled it with blessings.  To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed in our land, we say thanks.  Forgive us when we are prone to forget the source from which they come.  We ask that our watchful and providential God penetrate and soften our indifferent hearts.  Remind us no mortal hand is capable of bestowing upon us the gracious gifts of the Most High God; who deals with our sin with unending mercy.  So tonight, we solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledge with one heart and one voice our gratitude for these gifts from above.

We ask our gratitude be a unifying force, which acknowledges the harmony of your ways.  We ask our gratitude be expressed in service to others; particularly toward those who have less in our community.  We ask now you receive our grateful praise in our worship and empower us with your Holy Spirit, so the name of Christ whom is the source of the best gift be carried from this place.  This is our prayer we ask in the name of the one who loves us most, Jesus Christ and the whole congregation says: Amen!

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