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A Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving on the Occasion of our 40th Anniversary

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
Serve the LORD with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the LORD, he is God!
It is he who 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.

Psalm 100 (ESV)

Father in Heaven,

You are truly worthy of all praise and thanksgiving.

We praise you for who you are, the God and Creator of the universe, the loving God who created each one of us and who knows each one of us intimately.

We thank you for the fact that you love us so much that you sent your only Son to die as a sacrifice to rescue us from eternal death and separation from you.

We thank you for this church and the vision that Wayne Anderson had to start this church 42 years ago.

We thank you and praise you for the many blessings you have poured out on this church in the past 40 years of existence, and pray for many more in the 40.

We thank you for the leadership of this church, both past and present, for the pastors, the elders, and the many other board members, staff, and Sunday School leaders and teachers.

We especially thank you that this church has remained faithful in teaching and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We thank you for the many things you have taught and conveyed to us through your Word, and for the many answered prayers.

We thank you for the many people and relationships that you have brought to us through the ministries and mission of this church over the years.

We thank you for the missionaries that we support and have sent out from this body of believers.

Father, we know that over the past 40 years you have indeed blessed this congregation in many ways, and for this we continually praise and thank you.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.