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

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Advent Scripture Reading: Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

-Isaiah 9:6 (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

Thanksgiving Call to Worship from Psalm 67:4-6

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

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!
The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, shall bless us.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!

-from Psalm 67:4-6 (ESV)
adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, ©2004, Faith Alive Christian Resources

Responsive Prayer of Confession from Psalm 51

Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out our transgressions.
Wash us thoroughly from our iniquity, and cleanse us from our sin! For we know our transgressions, and our sin is ever before us.
Against you, you only, have we sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
Hide your face from our sins, and blot out all our iniquities.
Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us.
Cast us not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from us.
Restore to us the joy of your salvation, and uphold us with a willing spirit.
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or we would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
Our sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

-from Psalm 51:1-4; 9-12; 16-17 (ESV
adapted from Christ-Centered Worship by Bryan Chapell