Thanksgiving Virtual Prayer Vigil

  • When: Wed, Nov 25
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As we prepare for Thanksgiving, we are expecting it to be different than any Thanksgiving we've ever experienced before. While we may not able to share space physically, we know that we are always together in spirit.

This year's Thanksgiving Prayer Vigil will be online right here on this web page. We welcome all of you to join us virtually for a time of reflection and prayer.

We invite you to watch a video from the Wesley Covenant Chapel below. If you would like a prayer guide to follow, one is posted beneath the video.

Video from the Wesley Chapel

A Prayer of Gratitude and Thanksgiving

Dear God, in this moment of prayer, I come to be fully present in your grace.

In good times as well as difficult times, I give thanks for your sustaining presence that is always available to me. Even in moments of darkness, I acknowledge the preciousness of the sacred life, and I open my heart, mind and body to allow the Holy Spirit to fill me. I give gratitude for your loving kindness, and I ask for the awareness to see the multitude of ways in which your beauty expresses around me in this world.

Reflecting on my fellow brothers and sisters, I offer my love without condition as Jesus teaches me to do. I set the intention to do all the good I can in this world for all of God’s children, to give my compassion freely and to allow myself to be a vessel of your light.

Every morning, without exception, you offer your love to me again, and with humility I give thanks, in your name, for all that is.


A Thanksgiving Prayer

Oh, God, when I have food
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work, help me
to remember the jobless;
When I have a warm home,
help me to remember the homeless;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer;
and remembering, help me
to destroy my complacency
and bestir my compassion.
Make me concerned enough
to help, by word and deed,
those who cry out
for what we take for granted.

— Samuel F. Pugh

Psalm 100

A Psalm of Thanksgiving

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness, come into his presence with singing.

Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

“Praise You In This Storm”

I was sure by now, God you would have
Reached down
And wiped our tears away,
Stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
That it’s still raining
As the thunder rolls
I barely hear your whisper through the rain
I’m with you

And I’ll praise you in this storm
And I will lift my hands
That you are who you are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise you in this storm

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The maker of heaven and earth
I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The make of heaven and earth

by Casting Crowns

Prayers about the outbreak

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us
from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbor,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.

Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference

For those who are ill

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms
are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference

For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work
many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference

For the Christian community

We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.

We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbors’ safety.

We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.

We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.

Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference


Oh Lord,
who reached across the ethnic boundaries
between Samaritan, Roman and Jew
who offered fresh sight to the blind and freedom to captives,
help us to break down the barriers in our community,
enable us to see the reality of racism and bigotry,
and free us to challenge and uproot it
from ourselves, our society and our world.

— John Bucci, SJ

Good and gracious God,

Who loves and delights in all people, we stand in awe before You, knowing that the spark of life within each person on earth is the spark of your divine life.

Differences among cultures and races are multicolored manifestations of Your Light.

May our hearts and minds be open to celebrate similarities and differences among our sisters and brothers.

We place our hopes for racial harmony in our committed action and in Your Presence in our Neighbor.

May all peoples live in Peace.

— Sisters of Mercy

Creator of all people, in our amazing diversity of size, shape, color, and giftedness: guide us, by your grace, to recognize the beauty and fitness of all whom you have made in your own image.

Give us gifts of humility and generosity of spirit to recognize in all people, the face of our Savior, Jesus, and to practice his commandment to “love one another,” toward the end of bringing harmony and peace among persons of all colors, origins, and abilities, for the sake of your Kingdom.

Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia

Wesley Covenant Prayer

I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, place me with whom you will.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be put to work for you or set aside for you,
Praised for you or criticized for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and fully surrender all things to your glory and service.
And now, O wonderful and holy God,
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer,
you are mine, and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it also be made in heaven. Amen.