A blessed Thanksgiving to all our friends and supporters. In honor of the holiday, we are sharing out annual Project HOME Litany of Gratefulness and Recommitment, which we read at today’s Thanksgiving Service. May we enjoy the abundance of this holiday — and share that abundance with all our sisters and brothers!
Former resident Horace Green and Project HOME co-founder Joan Dawson McConnon in 1990.
Project HOME Litany of Gratefulness and Recommitment
Reader: We are grateful, O God, that through each other, you have called us home. We are thankful that through this community, those who were denied a home for so long have found one.
Response: In our gratefulness, O God, we recommit ourselves to a deeper spirit of hospitality in our own lives, and to making this a more hospitable society for all people. We will continue to advocate for decent, affordable housing for all your children. And we will continue to accompany others, especially those who have known the devastation of living on the streets, on the journey home,
Reader: We are grateful, O God, that you have helped us in recovery from the many addictions that plague our lives. We are grateful that through your grace, lives are turned around and rebuilt, and that a spirit of recovery is taking root in our society.
Response: In our gratefulness, O God, we recommit ourselves to a spirit of recovery in our own lives and to supporting each other in recovery. We commit ourselves to healing both the ravages of addiction and the roots of poverty and despair that drive people to addiction.
Reader: We are grateful, O God, for meaningful work to help us earn our living and express our talents and abilities. We are grateful for chances to educate ourselves and develop our gifts and expand our minds.
Response: In our gratefulness, O God, we recommit ourselves to advocating for employment and education for all persons so they can achieve their fullest potential.
Reader: We are grateful, O God, for the resources that have helped us to heal many of the wounds in our lives — physical, mental, and emotional.
Response: In our gratefulness, O God, we recommit ourselves to caring for the fragility of the human person and advocating for health care for all persons.
Reader: We are grateful, O God, for this community of friends, who from all walks of life and all parts of society have come together to support, nurture and challenge each other, and to help each other achieve our fullest potential. We thank you that through this community we have come to know more deeply the sacred dignity of each person, that we have come to celebrate the diverse gifts and experiences and perspectives that together form a marvelous tapestry of the human spirit and reflect your divine spirit.
Response: In our gratefulness, O God, we recommit ourselves to healing the wounds of shattered human community, to speaking out against the fears, discrimination, and other barriers that keep people apart.
Reader: We are grateful, O God, for the goodness of the earth, for the wondrous fruits of your creation, for the ways this beautiful earth delights us, feeds us, shelters us, and reveals to us your presence.
Response: In our gratefulness, O God, we recommit ourselves to revering and protecting your creation and our home, the earth. We commit ourselves to sharing its bounty among all people.
Reader: We are grateful, O God, for the immeasurable gift of hope in the face of the confusing, violent, and often threatening world of today. We thank you that war and injustice are not the final words, but that through your spirit we can envision and build a more sane, just, and peaceful society
Response: In our gratefulness, O God, we recommit ourselves to overcoming the fear, doubt, and hesitation in ourselves. We commit ourselves to working to inspire hope and vision in all persons we meet.
Photo by Harvey Finkle