This declaration is in 2 parts, the part that the leader of the event reads and the part that those attending read aloud.
Read by the leader
We join together as a Nation to celebrate and give thanks to Almighty God for His blessings upon us as a Nation and as His people
The Word declares that we should give thanks in all circumstances. So today, inspite of the challenges we have been through as a nation, and inspite of the uncertainties we face, we choose to give thanks in the sure knowledge that He has brought us through, and will continue to be our protector and provider through whatever challenges lie ahead. Our faith is in Him, for He is our strength in the midst of trouble, and our Deliverer from the darkness of this world.
We give thanks for the promise of His word that He will never leave us nor forsake us. We give thanks for the promise that no weapon formed against us can prosper. We give thanks that our hope is not based on earthly things but on things eternal. We acknowledge and rejoice in the truth of His word and the power of His Spirit to guide and save us.
Read by those gathered
We choose to give You thanks, for who You are, and for all the blessings You have bestowed upon us. We thank You for life itself, for the richness of the relationships that bind us together as members of Your family, and for the certainty You promise of eternal life to all who receive and acknowledge Your Son Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
We declare that we will continue to honour You as Lord of our Nation and of our lives.
We declare that we will, against all opposition and worldly temptation, continue to live according to Your statutes and example.
We declare that we will continue to share Your love and proclaim the truth of Your teaching to people everywhere.
Forgive us Lord where we have failed in the past, and renew a right spirit within us that we might truly reflect Your character in all we are and in all that we do.
Psalm 107:1-9 – Give thanks to the Lord for He is good
Lamentations 3:22-26 – Great is His faithfulness
Ephesians 1:15-23 – Let us not stop giving thanks and seeking God’s best for each other