Prayers of Place

Litany of Thanksgiving  

Blessed be the name of God,  

Whose Word has long been proclaimed within this hallowed place.  

We give you thanks, O God.  

As generations have prayed their prayers and sung your praises here,  

your Spirit has blessed countless worshipers.  

We give you thanks, O God.  

We have celebrated the Lord’s Supper here  

And been nurtured by it through our journey in faith.  

We give you thanks, O God.  

We have rejoiced here as believers have confessed faith in Christ.  

Here we have baptized our children and mourned our dead.  

We give you thanks, O God.  

As new families have been created through marriage,  

we, our parents, and our children have vowed at this altar 

to love, honor, and cherish always.  

We give you thanks, O God.  

From within these walls many have gone out to serve you in the world.  

As we go now from this house into a further journey of faith,  

we give you thanks, O God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  

United Methodist Book of Worship, 649.  

Prayer  

Eternal and loving God, today we give thanks to you for your goodness through all the years of worship and witness in this place.  

For your grace in calling us to be your people,  

For your love revealed to us in Christ your son,  

For your gift of the Spirit and the joy of salvation:  

We give you thanks, O God.  

For those who established this congregation,  

For their faith and vision, for their gifts and abilities:  

For all who have been members of this congregation,  

For those who have given freely of their time and money,  

For those whose wisdom guided our congregation:  

For all who have preached and taught here;  

For all who have confessed here that Jesus is Lord;  

For all who today lead in worship, witness and service:  

Give us the assurance that we too belong to that great company,  

And that we too may find peace that passes understanding  

Through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.  

United Methodist Book of Worship, 584.  

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