Saying Grace for the World

This Thanksgiving, as we each reflect on our blessings and the bounty we have, will you join me in also praying for the world? Below are five table graces incorporating prayers of thanks and prayers for service and justice. If you have a special Thanksgiving table grace, share it with us in the comments!

May this Thanksgiving be a time to recommit ourselves to empowering others, living compassionately, and putting God’s Spirit into action through serving and praying for the world. Happy Thanksgiving!

Different ethnic groups share a meal together in Rwanda

Different ethnic groups share a meal together in Rwanda - SIA creates community!

1. Give us grateful hearts, O Lord, for all thy mercies,
and make us mindful of the needs of others;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(1928 Book of Common Prayer)

2. To those who hunger,
Give bread;
To those who have bread,
Give the hunger for justice. Amen.
(Latin America Prayer)

3. Make us worthy, Lord,
To serve those people
Throughout the world who live and die
In poverty and hunger.
Give them, through our hands
This day their daily bread,
And by our understanding love,
Give peace and joy.
(Mother Theresa)

4. For food in a world where many walk in hunger
For faith in a world where many walk in fear
For friends in a world where many walk alone
We give you humble thanks, oh Lord.
(World Hunger Grace)

Women cook a meal together (Rwanda)

Women cook a meal together (Rwanda)

5. Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
And sae let the Lord be thankit.

Some have meat and cannot eat,
Some cannot eat that want it;
But we have meat and we can eat,
So let the Lord be thanked.
(The Selkirk Grace by Robert Burns; Scotland)

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4 Responses to “Saying Grace for the World”

  1. Boyd November 22, 2011 4:29 pm
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    Excellent post, Tanya. I am thankful for the pleasure of language – that it binds us together in community and in thought.

  2. Dennis Johnson November 22, 2011 8:54 pm
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    Dear Tanya,
    Thanks for the post. This season, I’m especially thankful for you and your good work.
    Dennis

  3. marsha johnson November 22, 2011 11:47 pm
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    This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for the Spirit in Action community. Supporting SIA is one way I pray for our world. We are all blessed to be part of Spirit in Action which also means “Prayer in Action” to me.
    In love and gratitude,
    Marsha

  4. admin November 23, 2011 10:20 am
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    Hi Marsha,
    I LOVE the thought of Spirit in Action as PRAYER in Action. Our work for empowerment, cooperation, and financial stability is also my prayer for the world.
    Thank you so much for sharing this thought.
    Tanya

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