Thanksgiving Meditation - Hentzi Elek

Below are some prayers of gratitude you might share this Thanksgiving. You could say them with family and friends gathered around the table or quietly by yourself.

After each individual prayer of gratitude, you might say, "We thank you, God."


Let us give thanks to God for all God's gifts so freely bestowed upon us.

For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth, and sky, and sea.

For farmers, fisher-people, hunters. For those who transport, manage, and sell our food.

For the gifts of heating, air conditioning, plumbing, sanitation, public health, electricity, transportation, engineering, technology, the internet, phones, and computers.


For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ.

For our daily food and drink; our homes; our families; and our friends.

For all that makes us laugh and smile, fulfills us, and helps us enjoy life.

For minds to think, hearts to love, and hands to serve.

For health and strength to work, and for leisure to rest and play.


For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity.

For all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice.

For all soldiers and their families.

For all who seek peace with justice through non-violent means.

For all first responders: police, fire fighters, and for those in the medical profession.

For the transparency, courage, vision, creativity, and discipline of government officials. May they serve, lead, adjudicate, and transform our world daily into the Kingdom of God.

For the persistence, vigilance, and honesty of all those who shape public opinion.


For the Church global, eternal, and for our neighboring congregations in Baltimore.

For the officers of Emmanuel's Vestry: Martha, Senior Warden; Lindsay, Junior Warden; Demetreus, Treasurer; and for Jesse, Registrar.

For the Vestry: Becki, Matt, Saidah, David, Tiffany, Jonathan, Vickie, Herschel, and Greg.

For Eugene, Bishop of Maryland, and Chilton, Assistant Bishop, and for all Diocesan Leaders; for Hentzi, Rector; Joseph, Assistant Rector; John, Director of Music & Arts; Jordan, Organ Scholar; Walt, Director of Finance & Administration; Kim, Office Manager; Taylor, Seminarian and Community Engagement Coordinator; Antoin and Sheila, Sextons; Mary and Carla, Nursery Attendants; and Tom, Rector Emeritus.

For our beautiful building; our rich history; the generosity of past parishioners; for the mission, life, and prayers of this congregation; for all the Saints of Emmanuel; for the hopes and joys of our parish's future and the will to make those dreams a reality.


With my prayers and gratitude for all of you,


(Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer, pgs. 837 ff.)