Bishop Marc: a few words and Thanksgiving prayer

Hundreds of people of faith and civic leaders joined in the annual Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast in San Francisco this morning. We especially honored congregations and organizations that are promoting a healthier planet. California Interfaith Power and Light, and its founder and director, the Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, was especially honored, as were Diocese of California congregations Grace Cathedral, St. Cyprian’s, and St. Mary the Virgin.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in his remarks urged us to think of the human environment embedded in the larger web of creation and join him in his effort to reduce urban violence by promoting strong families, and safe streets.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in her remarks included special prayers for a peaceful path forward in the Middle East. With these pleas and emphases in mind, I offer the following Thanksgiving prayer.

Most loving God, source of all life and health and goodness, we give you grateful thanks for the goodness of the Earth, your beautiful creation through which you support all being. We repent of our mindless consumption and unbridled appetites and as we enjoy the earth's abundance this Thanksgiving, we initiate a turn towards a more sustainable life, and pray for those who have less due to the imbalance of our global economy.

We also thank you for the intangible abundance in our lives, the bonds of love and support on every side that make our lives not only possible but happy and peaceful. Again, as we give grateful thanks for our spiritual, emotional and community lives, we remember those in our own community who are alone, unsupported, vulnerable to violence and poverty. We seek to be channels of your love to the poor of our communities.

Loving God, we are grateful for peace in our own land, and we pray for peace in your world, especially in Israel and Palestine. We pray for our American leaders that they may support Israel and Palestine in the pursuit of peace.

Finally, we remember Francis and Clare who, above even their witness to care of the Earth, their commitment to peace, and to healing and inclusion for the poor and the outcast, always lifted all their concerns in prayer to you; may we always turn to you in all things, Source of all for which we give thanks. Amen

— Bishop Marc Andrus