Prayer of Thanksgiving
God of life and love: You have created a world and it is good. From the crashing waters and gentle breezes of our earth, to the farthest reaches of unexplored multiverses, you have established a home of astonishing diversity. We are especially thankful today for our nation, as we celebrate the denunciation of tyranny and the declaration of freedom.
ONE: We join our voices with saints from all ages and throughout all the earth, saying,
ALL: Holy, holy, holy Lord! God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory! Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Throughout your world, there are women, men, and children anxious about their daily bread, desperately seeking shelter and safety, longing for the joy of community and hope. We pray for victims of our crass dedication to violence, species that are imperiled by our exploitation, and those whose ability to dance their joy or love their lovers are threatened in the name of religion. We pray for those whose joys and concerns we carry within….
We pray for our nation, that we the people will be a community of hope, joy, and grace.
We pray especially for a revival of love and sharing throughout our world, where enemies become friends, despair becomes hope, and competition becomes sharing.