Nov 22 2012

The Liturgy Nerd: Thanks Be to God!

Original post at http://www.liturgynerd.com/2012/11/thanks-be-to-god.html

This hymn gets to me every time we sing it in worship.  From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

For the fruits of this creation, thanks be to God;
for good gifts to every nation, thanks be to God;
for the plowing, sowing, reaping, silent growth while we are sleeping,
future needs in earth's safekeeping, thanks be to God.

In the just reward of labor, God's will is done;
in the help we give our neighbor, God's will is don;
in our world-wide task of caring for the hungry and despairing,
in the harvests we are sharing, God's will is done.

For the harvest of the Spirit, thanks be to God;
for the good we all inherit, thanks be to God;
for the wonders that astound us, for the truths that still confound us,
most of all that love is has found us, thanks be to God.

-Fred Pratt Green, 1970*

*UMH 97

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