Around the Table

Think of the precious faces that will be traveling from near and far to gather around your Thanksgiving table in just a few days.  What would it be like to offer some holy moments of table fellowship before everyone digs in (or dashes off to watch football, play video games, and wash the dishes)?  -A blessed holiday to you and yours from pastorhh and pastorcl.

THANKSGIVING 2011  Some ideas for sharing gratitude in the home this holiday.

WITH FAMILIES AND FRIENDS

Take turns sharing memories of Thanksgivings past.  What foods, traditions, funny or meaningful moments has your family shared?

If you were a Pilgrim, venturing to a new land, what would you take with you? What would you leave behind?

Meditate on this quotation of G.K. Chesterton:  I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

A GENERAL PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

To use at your family meal, try printing the following prayer on paper and assigning sentences to family members, so there is a beautiful offering of many voices.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we humbly thank you for your goodness to us and to all that you have made. 

We praise you for your creation, for keeping us and all things in your care, and for all blessings of this life. 

Above all we bless you for your immeasurable love in redeeming the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, and for the hope of glory. 

And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies that with thankful hearts we praise you, not only with our lips but our lives, by giving ourselves to your service. 

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all worship and praise, now and forever.  Amen.

-Adapted from the General Thanksgiving, Evangelical Lutheran Worship: pg 74.

Gratitude is heaven itself. -William Blake

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