For some of us, Thanksgiving is a relaxing day when we gather around the table with family and friends to give thanks for all the blessings God has provided to us.
And for some, Thanksgiving is a spent stressing about what may be the most important conversation of the day – the one we share with God. Don’t worry, the CUMC clergy has some pastorly advice to help you prepare the PERFECT Thanksgiving prayer for this years’ feast!
Use casual language. Don’t try to sound uber holy or righteous if that’s not your personality. Words that flow naturally from the heart are always most preferred!
–Rev. Stefani Reed, CUMC Youth Pastor
Don’t worry about having the right words. There’s a reason why the prayers of children hold our attention. When my 3-year-old finishes praying I often find myself saying out loud, “Ah, how cute was that prayer?” while secretly inside I think to myself, “She just said exactly what I’ve been thinking!”
-Rev. Josh Fitzpatrick, CUMC Online Campus Pastor
Family is everything. The thanksgiving prayer is the perfect time to mention how grateful you are for family. Our families don’t hear that enough.
-Rev. Chad McSwain, CUMC Table of Grace Pastor
Remember the food! As the “pastor” in my extended family, I often am asked to pray before every holiday meal. The first time it happened, several Thanksgivings back, I was a little rattled. And wanting to make a great impression, I offered up this eloquent, gratitude filled prayer for everything under the sun, except for the food. So, don’t forget to be thankful for what is right in front of you – assaulting every one of your senses, the bounty of the table!
-Rev. Cathy Partridge, CUMC Princeton Campus Pastor
Don’t write it down or memorize it. Let it come from your heart. Even if you stumble or pause to think, people will appreciate it.
-Rev. Don Underwood, CUMC Senior Pastor