A Prayer of Thanksgiving from the Book of Common Prayer

This general prayer of thanksgiving has been adapted from the Book of Common Prayer and would fit well during a worship service on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Most gracious God, by whose knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew; we give to you sincere thanks and praise for the return of seed-time and harvest, for the increase of the ground and the gathering of its fruits, and for all the other blessings of your merciful providence bestowed upon this nation and people. We fervently ask that you would give us a just sense of these great mercies; such as may appear in our lives by a humble, holy, and obedient walking before you all our days. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all glory and honor, world without end. Amen.

-adapted from the Book of Common Prayer

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Benedictions from Scripture

These scripture readings can be used as benedictions to end a time of worship.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
-Philippians 4:7 (ESV)

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
-1 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (ESV)

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
-2 Corinthians 13:14 (ESV)

May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
-2 Peter 1:2 (ESV)

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
-Hebrews 13:20-21 (ESV)

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
-Romans 1:7 (ESV)

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.
-Psalm 67:1-2 (ESV)

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
-Numbers 6:24-26 (ESV)

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
-Romans 15:5-6 (ESV)

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
-Romans 15:13 (ESV)

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
-2 Thessalonians 3:16 (ESV)

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
-2 Thessalonians 3:18 (ESV)

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
-1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (ESV)

Responsive Scripture Reading for Thanksgiving

This responsive scripture reading comes from Ephesians 1:3-14 and Romans 11:36. It could be used for the Sunday after Thanksgiving or any other occasion to celebrate God’s blessing.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.

For from him and through him and to him are all things.

In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

For from him and through him and to him are all things.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us.

For from him and through him and to him are all things.

In all wisdom and insight, He has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

For from him and through him and to him are all things.

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

For from him and through him and to him are all things.

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

-from Ephesians 1:3-14; Romans 11:36 (ESV)
adapted from The Celebration Hymnal, Copyright 1997 by Word/Integrity

Thanksgiving Call to Worship from Psalm 105

This responsive scripture reading could be used as a call to worship or opening scripture reading for the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
He remembers his covenant forever,
the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations.
Praise the Lord!

-from Psalm 105:1-3, 7-8, 45 (ESV)
adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, ©2004, Faith Alive Christian Resources

Thanksgiving Call to Worship: Psalm 95:1-7

This responsive scripture reading could be used as a call to worship or opening scripture reading for the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.

-Psalm 95:1-7 (ESV)
adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, ©2004, Faith Alive Christian Resources