Resources for Thanksgiving


In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln established an annual national holiday of Thanksgiving to be observed on the last Thursday in November. To celebrate and reflect on this seasonal time of thanksgiving, here are resources which focus on thanks to the Lord.

Service Orders

A Service of Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving Prayer (Valley of Vision)
Take My Soul Into Your Hand – Martin Luther
Thanksgiving Prayer of Confession
Responsive Prayer of Praise (“We Praise Thee, O God”)
Thanksgiving Prayer


Responsive Reading from Ephesians 1 and Romans 1

Thanksgiving to God for His Enduring Mercy (Psalm 136)

A Psalm of Thanksgiving (for three readers and congregation)

Psalm 95:2 (ESV)
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

Colossians 3:17 (NIV)
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Psalm 100:4 (CSB)
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name.

2 Corinthians 9:15 (KJV)
15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

1 Chronicles 16:34 (NIV)
34 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Ephesians 5:19-20 (NIV)
19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 69:30 (NIV)
30 I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. 

Related:  Thanksgiving Prayer of Confession


Now Thank We All Our God
This is my Father’s World
All Things Bright and Beautiful
For the Beauty of the Earth