A Litany of Thanksgiving

United Thank Offering
December 10, 2009

A Litany of Thanksgiving
The Reverend Canon Henry and Mrs. Male,
The Reverend Ralph Moore, Diocese of Maine

Leader: Let us remember before God and one another the ministries
of every member of the universal church, saying,

People: “We remember and give thanks.”

Leader: For missionaries and emissaries here and abroad; founders
and members of Episcopal religious orders; members and leaders
of the Episcopal Church Women; and all Episcopal organizations,
God of our sacred story,

People: We remember and give thanks.

Leader: For those who labor for the Church; in parish, diocese,
province, and nation; for deacons, priests, and bishops, God of our
sacred story,

People: We remember and give thanks.

Leader: For the diversity of ministries; for those who work for justice
and peace; those who offer themselves in charity and outreach to
those in need; people of vision and action, God of abundant
blessing,

People: We remember and give thanks.

Leader: For those who enrich the Church and the world with their
intellectual and creative gifts; those who create, provide, and preserve
the arts; and who tend the earth and protect its resources, God
of abundant blessing,

People: We remember and give thanks.

Leader: For those who offer hospitality, fellowship, and nurture as parents,
friends, and neighbors, people of spiritual wisdom and prayer;
those who are ministers of healing, to the sick, the troubled, the homebound,
and the grieving, God of abundant blessing,

People: We remember and give thanks.

Leader: For those who sustain the life of the Church by quiet acts of
service, with children and youth, in worship, in the guilds, in the
kitchen, in the classrooms, in meeting rooms, and in the offices,
God of abundant blessing,

People: We remember and give thanks.

Leader: Gracious God, source of life and giver of all good gifts, we
thank you for all those who have ministered in your name throughout
the ages. Grant us courage and compassion that we may stand
ever receptive to your grace and faithful to your call.

People: Amen.

Leader: When we are free of fear and worry,

People: O God, accept our offering.

Leader: When our children return home safely,

People: O God, accept our offering.

Leader: When a new baby is born in our family,

People: O God, accept our offering.

Leader: When we receive your gifts of food, clothing and shelter,

People: O God, accept our offering.

Leader: When we see your creative hand in the beauty of nature,

People: O God, accept our offering.

Leader: When our loved ones return to you,

People: O God, accept our offering.

Leader: When the sick and suffering are healed,

People: O God, accept our offering.

Leader: When the right solution comes to some serious problem,

People: O God, accept our offering.

Leader: When we find the peace of God in pain and sorrow,

People: O God, accept our offering.

Leader: When we discover through faith that death is a gateway into
eternal life with Christ,

People: O God, accept our offering.

Leader: When we have enjoyed good fellowship and friends,

People: O God, accept our offering.

Leader & People: O God, we ask that we may ever be united in our
response to your love, thankful for our many blessings and happy to
give our offering; that by your Holy Spirit all nations and peoples may
know the power of the love of Jesus Christ. Amen.