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Thanksgiving Day 2014

by Sr. Pat McGraw, icm

Hymn:   

In every Age, O God, you have been Our Refuge 

(Janet Sullivan Whitaker) 

Reflection on Gratitude: 

(May be read slowly, individually or in groups)

“If the only prayer you say in your life is “thank you” that would suffice.” - Meister Eckhart

Gratitude is not only the posture of praise, but it is also the basic element of real belief in God.

When we bow our heads in gratitude, we acknowledge that the works of God are good.

We proclaim that our existence and all its goods come not from our own devices, but are part of the works of God.

Gratitude is the ALLELUIA to existence: as a tribute to the on-going presence of God with us even NOW.

Without a doubt, unstinting gratitude saves us from the sense of self-sufficiency that leads to forgetfulness of God.

If you never know need, you will come to know neither who God is nor who you yourself are.

REMEMBER TO WHOM YOU ARE INDEBTED!  (J. Chittister)

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Psalm 145

(May be prayed alternately in choir)

I will praise your Name for ever, Lord.

Every day will I bless you,

and bless your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord 

And highly to be praised;

God’s greatness is unsearchable.

I will praise your Name forever

Generation after generation praises Your works

And proclaims your might.

They speak of the splendor of your glorious majesty 

And tell of your wondrous works,

Truly, I will praise your name forever.

They discourse of the power of your deeds

And declare your greatness and joyfully sing of your justice!

Let all your works give you thanks, O God

And let your faithful ones bless you.

Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom

And praise your name forever.

Petitions 

(Prepared in advance or spontaneous)

Hymn:  

Give Thanks to the Lord  (Dan Schutte)                             

                  "Whose Love is forever, 

                             Whose love is forever, 

                                      Whose love is forevermore!"

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