THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1778 - Caption James Cook discovers Maui in the Hawaiian Islands
1789 - George Washington proclaims the day a national day of thanksgiving
1791 - President Washington holds the first Cabinet meeting
1863 - President Abraham Lincoln begins the tradition of an annual Thanksgiving Day.
PRAYER (abridged from George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789)
May we all unite in rendering unto God our sincere and humble and thanks ------
For His kind care and protection of the people of this country,
For the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have enjoyed.
For the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness,
For the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge, and in general for all the the great and various favors which He hath been pleased to confer upon us.
And may we also untie in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him-----
To pardon our national and other transgressions,
To enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually.
To render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed,
To protect and guide all nations and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord,
To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virture, and the increase of science,
And generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for that day.”
PRAYER FOR OUR COUNTRY - TRADITIONAL
Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage, we humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those to whom in Thy name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth. in times of prosperity fill our hearts thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail.