THE INVOCATION AND OPENING VERSES
P: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
P: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, (Psalm 107:1-3)
C: for his steadfast love endures forever!
P: Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
C: whom he has redeemed from trouble,
P: and gathered in from the lands,
C: from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
WE CONFESS OUR SIN AND RECEIVE GOD’S FORGIVENESS:
P: As we gather in God’s house, we recognize that God is in control of all things, and we are subject to God’s will. And we know that we are supposed to “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ” (1 Thess. 5:18). We turn to God now, confessing to Him our failure to have thankful hearts, our failure to do God’s will, and our failure to submit to His good plan:
C: Lord God, we know You are in control. In our sin and brokenness we don’t look to the Cross. We fail to see Your blessings and instead, focus on our sufferings. We give You thanks that You let us approach You, and You hear our confession. May we, by Your grace, rejoice in Your steadfast love that never fails.
P: Even as we have fallen as followers of Jesus, God extends mercy to us. Rejoice, because God hears Your prayers. Give thanks, because you stand forgiven and free before God our Creator. Live in the confession of thanks, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen! His steadfast love endures forever!
P: Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter them,
C: And give thanks to the Lord.
P: This is the gate of the Lord;
C: The righteous shall enter through it.
P: I thank you that you have answered me
C: And have become my salvation. Ps. 118:19-21
P: Give thanks to the God of Gods,
C: For his steadfast love endures forever.
P: Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
C: For his steadfast love endures forever. Ps. 136:2-3
P: I give You thanks, O Lord with my whole heart;
C: I give thanks to Your name for Your steadfast love and faithfulness.
P: On the day I called, You answered me;
C: my strength of soul You increased. Ps. 138:1-3
P: This is the day that the Lord has made;
C: Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Ps. 118:24
P: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
C: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
THE HYMN OF PRAISE: “Now Thank We All Our God”….
All praise and thanks to God
The Father now be given,
The Son, and Him who reigns
With them in highest heaven,
The one eternal God,
Whom earth and heav’n adore;
For thus it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.
THE PRAYER OF THE DAY
P: Lord God, heavenly Father, You see us through all trials, storms, calamities, and heartbreaks. Speak to our hearts today, let us hear Your peace through Christ, let us feel the stillness that comes from knowing You will see us through it all. In Jesus' name.