Call to Worship for Canadian Thanksgiving … and an Intergenerational Idea

Richard Bott of Vancouver, British Columbia, sends a Call to Worship for the Sunday before Canadian Thanksgiving, October 14, 2013.images

Shouts of joy!
Songs of praise!
Sounds of hope and love!

These are moments of thanksgiving –
thanks giving to our God!

Adonai is our God. Our creator.
We are God’s people, led by God’s love.

These are moments of thanksgiving –
thanks giving to our God!

Enter God’s house thanks giving.
Enter God’s house full of praise!

These are moments of thanksgiving –
thanks giving to our God!

God’s love is never ending.
God is good! Alleluia!
On this day of the harvest –

we bring our gifts to you, God.
You have brought us into this place
and shared with us this land,
                a land flowing with milk and honey,
                a land flowing with maple syrup,
                a land flowing with your love!
Bless this thanksgiving, offered now to you!
In Christ’s name, we ask it. May it be so.

An idea for intergenerational worship:
In my congregation we are setting up a “Thankometer” this week. It looks like the kind of long thermometer that organizations use to record fund-raising. It goes from 25 to 1000, but it is recording “thank you’s.” Each Sunday between Canadian Thanksgiving and US Thanksgiving (November 28) our small — forty-five member — congregation will share how many “real” non-casual “thank you’s” they have said in the week past. We hope that for young and old this will be an opportunity to increase our gratitude.

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