Be grateful

Be thankful! Reflect on the good things that you find in your own life.

Find joy in all the ways that your life and relationships are wonderful today.

Resources Ideas for Chapel


1 Chronicles 16:8–12 (NRSV)

8 O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. 9 Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works. 10 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. 11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his presence continually. 12 Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered.

Colossians 3:15–17 (NRSV)

15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Jesus Cleanses Ten LepersLuke 17.11-19

A Sinful woman forgivenLuke 7:36-50

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
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A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most perfect prayer.

~ Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

It is not the happy people who are thankful it is thankful people who are happy.

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

~ William Ward.

Be thankful for what you have and you will end up having more.

~Oprah Winfrey

Responsorial Prayers

 Leader:          O God, for your love for us, warm and brooding,

which has brought us to birth and opened our eyes to the wonder and beauty of creation.

All:                  We give you thanks.

Leader:           For your love for us, wild and freeing,

which has awakened us to the energy of creation:to the sap that flows, the blood that pulses, the heart that sings.

All:                  We give you thanks.

Leader:           For your love for us, compassionate and patient,

which has carried us through our pain, wept beside us in our sin, and waited with us in our confusion.

All:                  We give you thanks.

Leader:           For your love for us, strong and challenging,

which has called us to risk for you, asked for the best in us, and shown us how to serve.

All:                  We give you thanks.

Leader:           O God we come to celebrate

that your Holy Spirit is present deep within us, and at the heart of all life. Forgive us when we forget your gift of love made known to us in Jesus, and draw us into your presence.

—from Iona Abbey Worship Book, 141ff.



(Vienna Cobb Anderson)

God of all blessings,

source of all life,

giver of all grace:

We thank you for the gift of life:

for the breath

that sustains life,

for the food of this earth

that nurtures life,

for the love of family and friends

without which there would be no life.

We thank you for the mystery of creation:

for the beauty

that the eye can see,

for the joy

that the ear may hear,

for the unknown

that we cannot behold filling the universe with wonder,

for the expanse of space

that draws us beyond the definitions of our selves.

We thank you for this day:

for life

and one more day to love,

for opportunity

and one more day to work for justice and peace,

for neighbors

and one more person to love

and by whom be loved,

for your grace

and one more experience of your presence,

for your promise:

to be with us,

to be our God,

and to give salvation.

For these, and all blessings,

we give you thanks, eternal, loving God,

through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Worship Songs





 Thank You Board

A thank you board is a place for your group to place things you want to say thank you for. It could be a white board that words are written on or a pin board that cards are pinned to. Each day someone might be invited to think of 1 or 2 things they are grateful for and want to thank God for. Write them or pin them up on the board. The board could be ‘reset’ once a month or allowed to keep growing for a whole year.


What are you thankful or grateful for?

Who are you grateful for in your life?

What are you grateful has never happened to you?


The Thanks Game

Going around a circle each person must say: “I give thanks for…” and name something they are thankful for. The catch is each person must list all the things everyone who has gone before them must say before they say their own.


Seeking Good Fortune

A poor man lived with his wife and six children in a very small one-room house. They were always getting in each other’s way and there was so little space they could hardly breathe!

Finally the man could stand it no more. He talked to his wife and asked her what to do. “Go see the rabbi,” she told him, and after arguing a while, he went.

The rabbi greeted him and said, “I see something is troubling you. Whatever it is, you can tell me.”

And so the poor man told the rabbi how miserable things were at home with him, his wife, and the six children all eating and living and sleeping in one room. The poor man told the rabbi, “We’re even starting to yell and fight with each other. Life couldn’t be worse.”

The rabbi thought very deeply about the poor man’s problem. Then he said, “Do exactly as I tell you and things will get better. Do you promise?”

“I promise,” the poor man said.

The rabbi then asked the poor man a strange question. “Do you own any animals?”

“Yes,” he said. “I have one cow, one goat, and some chickens.”

“Good,” the rabbi said. “When you get home, take all the animals into your house to live with you.”

The poor man was astonished to hear this advice from the rabbi, but he had promised to do exactly what the rabbi said. So he went home and took all the farm animals into the tiny one-room house.

The next day the poor man ran back to see the rabbi. “What have you done to me, Rabbi?” he cried. “It’s awful. I did what you told me and the animals are all over the house! Rabbi, help me!”

The rabbi listened and said calmly, “Now go home and take the chickens back outside.”

The poor man did as the rabbi said, but hurried back again the next day. “The chickens are gone, but Rabbi, the goat!” he moaned. “The goat is smashing up all the furniture and eating everything in sight!”

The good rabbi said, “Go home and remove the goat and may God bless you.”

So the poor man went home and took the goat outside. But he ran back again to see the rabbi, crying and wailing. “What a nightmare you have brought to my house, Rabbi! With the cow it’s like living in a stable! Can human beings live with an animal like this?”

The rabbi said sweetly, “My friend, you are right. May God bless you. Go home now and take the cow out of your house.” And the poor man went quickly home and took the cow out of the house.

The next day he came running back to the rabbi again. “O Rabbi,” he said with a big smile on his face, “we have such a good life now. The animals are all out of the house. The house is so quiet and we’ve got room to spare! What a joy!”


Children’s Story

Anna Hibiscus Song – Atinuke

Did I ever tell you how lucky you are – Dr Suess