Thanksgiving Day, 22 Nov, 2018 – A Prayer to Ponder

A Thanksgiving Prayer

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us.

+ We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love…

Q: Can you identify something beautiful, wonderful, or mysterious around you?

+ We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

Q: Who in your family, or among your friends, is your biggest fan? Who loves you?

+ We thank you for setting us at tasks that demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments that satisfy and delight us.

Q: What do you enjoy doing, even though it’s difficult? What have you accomplished this past year that gives you satisfaction?

+ We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Q: What disappointment or failure has drawn you closer to God this past year?

+ Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he conquered death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Q: How would you describe your relationship with Jesus Christ? Have you grown closer, or more distant, over the past year? Why?

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know Christ and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Praying the Psalms: Thu, 22 Nov – Psalm 125 ~ the Lord protects his people

Praying the Psalms

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening – (Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.
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Morning Reading: Psalm 125 (NLT)A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

Those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but will endure forever. Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, both now and forever. The wicked will not rule the land of the godly, for then the godly might be tempted to do wrong.

O Lord, do good to those who are good, whose hearts are in tune with you. But banish those who turn to crooked ways, O Lord . Take them away with those who do evil. May Israel have peace!
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: Protect all who trust in  you, that we may stand firm in the face of evil –

+ secure us with your mighty power…
+ secure us with your unerring wisdom…
+ secure us with your unchanging love…

O Lord our God: Protect all who trust in  you, that we may stand firm in the face of evil –

+ provide for our spiritual needs…
+ provide for our daily necessities…
+ provide for our ongoing relationships…
+ provide for our sorrows and grief…

O Lord our God: Protect all who trust in you, that we may stand firm in the face of evil, through the sure foundation of our faith in Jesus Christ, your Son, our Savior, in whose name we pray. Amen.
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“Psalm 125” (Those Who trust) – Enter the Worship Circle

Those who trust in the Lord
Are a strong mountain
They will not … not be moved

Those who trust in the Lord
Are as Mount Zion
They will not … not be moved

Though the world moves like mad
You alone are faithful
Jesus, you, you will not be changed

Christ the King, He sets my feet
On a firm foundation
They will not … not be moved
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Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.