Thanksgiving for the Word (Lent-Holy Week)

If you have a Thanksgiving for the Word on Sundays when you don’t have communion, I have written one for Lent-Holy Week based on the texts during that time.

Thanksgiving for the Word

Let us pray.

The Word of God, Jesus Christ, shows us the kingdom of heaven:
a kingdom of forgiveness and reconciliation,
a kingdom where debts are forgiven and lives restored.
For your Word of the forgiving kingdom, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

The Word of God, Jesus Christ, shows us the kingdom of heaven:
a kingdom of abundance and generosity,
a kingdom where the needs of all are provided for.
For your Word of the bountiful kingdom, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

The Word of God, Jesus Christ, shows us the kingdom of heaven:
a kingdom of invitation and acceptance,
a kingdom where all people are honored and loved.
For your Word of the welcoming kingdom, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

The Word of God, Jesus Christ, shows us the kingdom of heaven:
a kingdom of love and caring,
a kingdom where the king is found in the least and lowly.
For your Word of the serving kingdom, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

The Word of God, Jesus Christ, shows us the kingdom of heaven:
a kingdom of praise and joy,
a kingdom where hosannas are proclaimed and people are made whole.
For your Word of the joyous kingdom, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

The Word of God, Jesus Christ, shows us the kingdom of heaven:
a kingdom of sacrifice and redemption,
a kingdom where the arms of God are spread wide on a cross.
For your Word of the saving kingdom, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

Work in us, O God,
through your forgiving, abundant, accepting, loving, and sacrificial Word.
And being steeped in that Word, make us witnesses to it and
send your Spirit to direct us in the way of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Thanksgiving for the Word (Advent-Epiphany)

As mentioned before, my parish occasionally has a service of the word rather than a service of Holy Communion. Here is the Thanksgiving for the Word that I wrote for Advent through Epiphany.

Thanksgiving for the Word

Let us pray.

Your Word points us to the coming of Christ in glory,
the full in-breaking of the Kingdom of God into our world,
a Kingdom of peace, justice, mercy, and love,
where all things shall be made new.
For your Word of hopeful future, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

Your Word became flesh in Jesus Christ,
taking on human flesh and human limitations,
in order to express the fullness of your love,
and the depths of your grace.
For your Word-with-us, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

Your Word proclaimed love in the waters of baptism,
joining us even in temptation and trial,
and teaching people their blessedness
in meekness, righteousness, grief, and persecution.
For your illuminating Word, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

Your Word shows the treasure that is relationship with you,
relationship with one another,
and the beauty of your Kingdom.
For your Word which crafts community, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

Your Word provided food for the hungry,
both physically, and in spirit,
and showed compassion for all people.
For your generous Word, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

On the mountaintop your Word was transfigured,
shining forth with the light of your glory,
and revealing your full and loving presence in Christ.
For your glorious Word, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

Work in us, O God,
through your creative, faithful, just, forgiving, and powerful Word.
And being steeped in your Word, make us witnesses to it and
send your Spirit to direct us in the way of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Thanksgiving for the Word

I’m back! Since I’ve been off of the Narrative Lectionary for the summer (sort of), I haven’t been updating this blog. I will be resuming regular updates soon. The parish I serve participates in God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday, so we do a simple prayer service before going out to do service projects in our community. So I don’t have resources for this upcoming Sunday. However, I will be posting resources for September 16th later today. In the meantime, my parish only does Holy Communion twice a month, so I have written a Thanksgiving for the Word using the NL texts for the next couple of months as inspiration. I followed a similar format to the Thanksgiving for the Word (sunadysandseasons.com subscription required to open the previous link) found in the ELW.

Thanksgiving for the Word

Let us pray.

By your Word you judged the wickedness of a fallen humanity,
you sent your cleansing flood to restore creation,
you brought Noah and the ark safely through the raging waters and
established a new covenant marked by a great bow in the sky.
For your just and restorative Word, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

By your Word you established a great covenant with Abraham,
you promised to remain with him and his descendants and
to bless all the world through him.
For your faithful and eternal Word, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

By your Word you continually rescue your people,
you strengthened Joseph in his trials and
shepherded your people Israel out of the house of their slavery.
For your trustworthy Word, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

By your Word you provided the gift of the Law,
you equip us with order and justice,
you bring harmony and shalom into our brokenness.
For your Word of peace, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

By your Word you call leaders and prophets,
you open our eyes to the error or our ways,
you grant wisdom and vision to your people and
bring healing of body, mind, spirit, and community.
For your Word of shalom, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

By your Word made flesh, Jesus Christ,
you direct our path and open our hearts to your reign,
you draw near to us in Christ and break in to our reality
with the joy and peace of your rule.
For your Word with us, O God,
we give you thanks and praise.

Work in us, O God,
through your creative, faithful, just, forgiving, and powerful Word.
Being steeped in your Word, make us proclaimers of it and
send your Spirit to direct us in the way of Jesus Christ. Amen.