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Liturgy for Thanksgiving Sunday, November 23, 2014

 

"The First Thanksgiving 1621," by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1899 (click image to enlarge)

“The First Thanksgiving 1621,” by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1899 (click image to enlarge)

Welcome and Announcements

We Come with Thankful Hearts

Call to Worship: Psalm 95:1-7
Opening Prayer of Thanksgiving
God’s Greeting: 1Timothy 1:2; 1Peter 1:2
Hymn of Praise: “We Gather Together” #387:1-3 (Brown)

We Give Thanks for God’s Creation and Gifts to Us

Scripture Reading: Psalm 19:1-6
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Hymn of Praise: “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” #392:1-4 (Brown)

We Give Thanks for Salvation

Scripture Reading: Psalm 103:1-14
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Hymn of Praise: “Now Thank We All Our God” #525:1-3 (Brown)

We Give Thanks for Family and Society

Scripture Reading: Psalm 128:1-6
Responsive Prayer of Thanksgiving

Minister: Let us give thanks to the Lord for the people he has given us. For parents and grandparents, for sons and daughters, for brothers and sisters, for husband and wife, for all those who reflect to us the human dimension of your love.

People: Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Minister: For neighbors and colleagues, for friends both far away and nearby— for all those who share the joys and sorrows of our daily lives.

People: Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Minister: For those who serve us in restaurants, in repair shops, in stores, in schools, in hospitals— for all those who make our lives more comfortable.

People: Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Minister: For those who are weak and destitute, for those who need protection and support, for those who need healing and nurturing, for all those to whom we minister.

ALL: Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever. Amen.

Psalm of Praise: “Give Thanks to God, for Good Is He” (Psalm 136) #284:1-3 (Blue) • words • tune

We Give Thanks for the Church

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Scripture Reading: Psalm 48
Psalm of Praise: “O Give the Lord Wholehearted Praise” (Psalm 111) #222:1-3 (Blue) • wordstune
Offering

We Receive God’s Word with Thankful Hearts

Scripture Reading: Psalm 111:1-10 (text); Ephesians 5:15-21
Sermon: Praise God for His Great Works

1. For His Gracious Covenant
2. For His Eternal Word
3. For His Righteous Redeemer

Closing Prayer of Thanksgiving

We Leave with Thankful Hearts

Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26
Doxology: “We Praise Thee, O God” #313:1-4 (Blue) • words • tune

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