General Thanksgiving


General Thanksgiving

"The General Thanksgiving is a beautiful prayer at the end of the daily order for morning prayer in the Book of Common Prayer. As I was reflecting on it one day I was drawn to the phrase "for the means of grace and the hope of glory." In the Anglican Catechism we learn that the Sacraments are the "sure and certain means by which we receive that grace." And we know from Colossians 1:27 that "Christ in you" is "the hope of glory." I was overcome with joy thinking about how every time we come to the Table of the Lord we receive the body Christ into our own bodies. This is the source of all hope! This is our grace and glory! I pray this melody conveys the same sense of joy I experienced." (Ryan Flanigan)

Written by Ryan Flanigan (BMI)
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Almighty God, father of all mercies
Here, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
For you are good and full of lovingkindness
Pouring out your love to us and all whom you have made
We bless you, Lord, for our creation, preservation
And the blessings of this life
But most of all for your immeasurable love
The redemption of the world by Jesus Christ
For the means of grace and the hope of glory

And give us such awareness of your mercies
That with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise
Not only with our lips but in our whole lives
Giving up ourselves to serve you, walking in your ways
In holiness and righteousness all of our days
And now, through Jesus Christ our Lord
To whom, with you and with the Holy Spirit raise
All the honor and the praise for evermore
Amen, Amen



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