I hope you’re having a great Thanksgiving Week. We are enjoying some reconnection with family this week. I wanted to make sure you had a chance to see what I’ve been working on these past few days. It will culminate on Thanksgiving Day. Beginning last year, I encouraged our church to use a Gratitude Guide. This showcased some reasons to be thankful to God, especially for the good news about Him. So, I’m uploading it here. It’s not too late to engage this content. Take some time tonight or this week to think of ways you can express gratitude to God for how His kindness is seen in the Gospel. I hope this encourages and blesses you. And, special thanks to Elizabeth Wood for the design.
Happy Thanksgiving. While this day will have all kinds of fun with family, friends, football, and food, don’t forget to give thanks to the Lord. I’ve enjoyed using a Gratitude Guide that I wrote for Crestview this season. I hope it encourages you to give thanks to the Lord. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Our church took the Lord’s Supper together yesterday, 11/24/13. Taking the Lord’s Supper always seemed like a meaningless add-on in worship to me growing up. I knew it meant something serious spiritually speaking, but couldn’t make the connection to why that rhythm was needed and I feel I’m just getting to a point where I’m starting to understand it.
Having the Lord’s Supper during the week of Thanksgiving is terrific. Some traditions call the Lord’s Supper or Communion the Eucharist, which means to give thanks. This thought originated as Jesus took the bread and gave thanks, then broke it for the disciples. When we come to the Lord’s Supper table together, we should come thankful for all that is ours in the Gospel. Because Jesus gave His life and blood for me, I know forgiveness, grace, hope and am set apart to worship forever.
This week as you gather with your family to give thanks think of the work of Jesus Christ, sinless Godman, who came to earth to seek and save the lost. He came for us and that is something for which we can be forever grateful.
From The Valley of Vision:
O My God,
You fairest, greatest, first of all objects,
My heart admires, adores, loves You,
For my little vessel is as full as it can be,
And I would pour out all that fullness before You in ceaseless flow.
When I think upon and converse with You
Ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,
Ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed,
Ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart,
Crowding into every moment of happiness.
I bless You for the soul You have created,
For adorning it, for sanctifying it,
Though it is fixed in barren soil;
For the body You have given me,
For preserving its strength and vigor,
For providing senses to enjoy delights,
For the ease and freedom of limbs,
For hands, eyes, ears that do Your bidding;
For Your royal bounty providing my daily support,
For a full table and overflowing cup,
For appetite, taste, sweetness,
For social joys of relatives and friends,
For ability to serve others,
For a heart that feels sorrows and necessities,
For a mind to care for my fellow-men,
For opportunities of spreading happiness around,
For loved ones in the joys of heaven,
For my own expectation of seeing You clearly.
I love You above the powers of language to express,
For what You are to Your creatures.
Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity.
On the lighter side, here’s a hilarious video from the UK’s version of Family Feud. Think turkey:
My sermon from 11/20/11AM entitled On Faith & Gratitude from Luke 17:11-19 is now online. I know it was risky to preach on Gospel heart change on Thanksgiving week, but this passage seems to bring home the truth of what faith is and what it produces.
I would love for you to go deeper and noticed this post this AM by Paul Tautges entitled The Attitude of Gratitude: A Bible Study Suggestion. It might be a wonderful devotional on the AM of Thanksgiving Day.
In the evening our church gathered and celebrated all that God’s done for us this past year. Hope you had a great Lord’s Day as well.