A Prayer for Thanksgiving

A Prayer for Thanksgiving

New Trier Multifaith Alliance
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service


Hosted by Temple Jeremiah
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Litany of Thanksgiving
by the Rev. Jeffrey D. Braun

One:

Within the centering embrace of our shared worship,

Many:

Gather us, O God.

One:

Over and above the cacophony of cleaving impulses,
partisanship, and parochialism into which humanity
can and all too easily sink,

Many:

Attune us, O God, to the still-small, yet tectonic power of your unyielding call:
to justice,
to mercy,
to love.

One:

Within the deep well of every human heart where joys and sorrows, despair and hope, faith and fear inseparably embroil

Many:

Inspire a separate and soothing peace to rise and to calm us; a peace not of this world, but of the heavenly realm beyond, which forever seeks to enter in.

One:

In the teeming diversity of our religions, race, ethnicities, genders, orientations, languages, and nationalities,

Many:

Empower us, O God, to perceive cause for celebration, not division;
and a blended and beauteous tapestry, rather than disparate threads.

One:

Even when our prayers seem to go unanswered,
or when personal or global circumstances may warrant worry more reflexively than hope,

Many:

Embolden us, O God, to rise and to give thanks
for all that is good,
all that is right,
all that is loving.

One:

Illumine us with the abiding knowledge
that you, O God, are:
ever present,
ever faithful;

Many:

And that you are:
ever among,
ever between,
ever within us.

Amen.



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