CALL UPON US TO REMEMBER WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US AND TO
BE THANKFUL !!
“We will recount
to generations to come the praiseworthy deeds and the power
of the LORD, and the wonderful works he has done.”
“Be joyful in the LORD, all you lands; serve the LORD with gladness and come before his presence with a song. (Psalm 100: 1)
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; give thanks to him and call upon his Name. (Psalm 100: 3)
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his faithfulness endures from age to age.” (Psalm 100:4)
CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING WAYS
OF SHARING GOD'S LOVE DURING THE THANKSGIVING SEASON
Find ways of sharing the holiday’s
feasting and plenty with those who are hungry or alone
Invite people before the service or
during the service to write down or talk in their households
what they have experienced as gifts, blessings, or surprises
during the last year. Find a way to "offer"
these to God during Thanksgiving worship. People could
name them at the offering, place them in an offering
plate, or bring them to the altar table.
Create a thanksgiving box with
your family during the first days of November.
Decorate the outside of a shoebox with thanksgiving
symbols. Keep this box in a place where it will be seen.
Each day during family worship, ask family members to
reflect on their day by recalling one aspect of the
day for which they are thankful. Write these thanksgivings
on a slip of paper for each person. After sharing what
is on each slip, place in the box. Close with family
prayer, and thank god for your day. On thanksgiving
day (or at worship) open the box with your family and
review these slips of paper. (Adapted from Linda Holland,
Center for Christian Stewardship, The United Methodist
FAITH SHARING AND THANKSGIVING
“The Thanksgiving Holiday is a time for sharing love with family and friends. It is also a great time to share your faith. You can make this Thanksgiving Day a very special day by sharing prayers with your family and friends.”(Lia Icaza-Willetts)
Loving God, we thank you for this day.
We thank you for each person gathered here.
We remember those who could not be with us today. …
We pray for your blessing upon our family and friends, upon this table, and upon our conversation.
Bless the food that we eat and bless our lives that we may grow closer to you every day of our lives.
Fill our hearts with love, forgiveness, and understanding for one another.
On this Thanksgiving Day, we remember the poor and the needy.
We pray for your mercy and love to surround them.
Help us to reach out to those in need and to offer a loving hand.
Help us to accept one another as Christ accepted us.
In the name of Jesus, we pray as Jesus taught us to pray (Lord’s Prayer).
CLOSE WITH A BLESSING
Loving God, we pray for your blessing upon our families and friends.
Bless all who are in need of shelter, food, and love on this day.
Bless our lives and embrace us in your loving arms in Jesus name.
(Adapted from Faith
Sharing & thanksgiving by Lia Icaza-Willets, ONLINE,
OFFERING CHRIST TODAY)