We often forget to give thanks to God, either for specific answers to prayer, or for his mercies in creation, family and social life, or for the progress of the gospel. As with petition, we have much to learn from the Bible and the example of other Christians. Thanksgivings 11.1, 11.2 and 11.3 can be said together or by the leader alone; 11.4 is best said by the leader alone; 11.5 is in a responsive form.

11.1

Almighty God and merciful Father,
we give you humble and hearty thanks
for all your goodness and loving kindness
to us and to all people.
We praise you for creating and sustaining us
and for all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your amazing love
in redeeming the world by our Lord Jesus Christ,
giving us grace and the hope of glory.
Give us such a sense of all you goodness,
that we may be truly thankful, and may praise you
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by serving you in holy and righteous ways;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
be all honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

An Australian Prayer Book (modified)

11.2

Gracious God, our heavenly Father,
we humbly thank you
for all your gifts so freely given:
for life and health and safety,
for work and rest and friendship,
and for the wonder of creation.
We thank you for preserving throughout history
a people for yourself.
Above all, we praise you for our Saviour Jesus Christ,
for his death and resurrection,
for your life-giving Spirit,
and the hope of sharing in your glory.
Fill our hearts with all joy and peace in believing;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

An Australian Prayer Book (modified)

11.3

Almighty God, creator and redeemer,
we praise you for the beauty of the world around us,
and for every gift we enjoy.
Thank you for creating us
to know you, to love you and to obey you.
Most of all we praise you
for your amazing love
in sending your Son,
to restore your world,
by dying for us
and rising to give us new life.
Accept our praise and thanksgiving,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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11.4

Lord, you made all things,
and you made us in your image
to enjoy and govern them.
We thank you
for your work of creation,
for the beauty we enjoy,
for human skill and artistry.
We thank you
for community, friendship and love,
for family and marriage,
for the privilege of parenthood.
Above all we thank you
for Jesus, your Son,
through whom you created all things,
and by whom you sustain them.
We thank you
that he became one of us and died
to reconcile all creation to you,
in heaven and on earth,
and to call us into peace with you. Amen.

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11.5

Gracious and generous God,
thank you for providing all our needs.
Make us truly grateful, Lord.
For families and friends,
we give you thanks.
For enjoyment of all that is good,
we give you thanks.
For the love of Jesus our Saviour,
we give you thanks.
For his life poured out in sacrifice for us,
we give you thanks.

Other thanksgivings may be added here.

Lord, keep us mindful of those in need,
that as we pray for them,
we may be generous to them,
as you are to us.
We ask this in the name of Jesus,
who alone gives us life eternal. Amen.

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