Treasures from the Book of Common Prayer – The General Thanksgiving – Reflection for 20 OCT 2019
Over the next several weeks, we will be exploring some of the fundamentals of our faith in preparation for Confirmation and Reception when Bishop Orji visits our parish in December. Instead of continuing our series of reflections on “Companions on the Way,” I will use this space to offer some treasures from the Book of Common Prayer that inspire, inform, or reflect the theme of the sermon.
Today we are exploring what it means to be a Christian. The sermon explores the dogma and doctrine of the Christianity as hopeful, transforming, ordered, and practiced. An ancient maxim in the Christian tradition states, “Lex orandi. Lex credendi. Lex vivendi.” The way of our prayer is the way of our belief is the way of our life. In the prayer that closes both Morning and Evening Prayer, we see these same elements of hope, redemption and transformation, order, and practice.
The General Thanksgiving
Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.