Great Thanksgiving: Rare and Precious Voice

Rare and Precious Voice:
a great thanksgiving

This Great Thanksgiving is written for use during communion in conjunction with the Narrative Lectionary’s appointed lessons for Sunday, October 15, 2017 in 1 Samuel 3:1-21 and John 20:19-23. It may also be used for devotional prayer or as a prayer of thanksgiving/response following the sermon/homily in congregations that will not celebrate communion.

It may be used without alteration with the following attribution:
Copyright 2017 by Christopher J. Montgomery. Used with permission.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is good and right to give our thanks and praise.

O Beckoning God, like the age of Samuel, you call to us in a time when hearing and listening to your voice is rare and precious. Do we hear?

“Give to the poor, for your good fortune is not your own.”
“Restore broken people, for you share in the brokenness.”
“Seek peace and pursue it, for your enemy bears my image.”
“Liberate the captives, for you were once a prisoner.”

O Beckoning God, like Samuel, you call to us. Do we hear? Do we listen? Do we speak? Do we act?

As we ponder your voice resonating throughout history, we join the chorus of saints who have heard and responded to your heavenly call:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.

In the fullness of time, to a frightened people, you sent Jesus to speak with words and action the rare and precious voice of your shalom.

“Do not be afraid.”
“Peace be with you.”
“As I was sent, so I send you.”
“Forgive so that others will be forgiven.”
“Receive my Spirit.”

With your rare and precious voice resonating in our hearts, we are empowered to proclaim the mystery we call faith:

Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

Whispering Spirit, open our ears to your voice. As we share this bread and cup, may our mouths experience the goodness of your message. May it be nourishment for our spirits, to be prophets who speak truth to power, bring peace to violence, offer healing to brokenness, and be bold in the face of fear. May this small taste of goodness whet our appetites for the great feast of the commonwealth of your shalom, where you will be our Host forever. Amen.

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