Thanksgiving Worship Service

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November 22 & 23, 2023

Prayer before Worship

O Lord, maker of all things, you open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living creature. We praise you for crowning the fields with your blessings and enabling us once more to gather in the fruits of the earth. Teach us to use your gifts carefully, that our land may continue to yield its increase; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Theme of the Day

We have reason to thank God for his blessings every day of the year. But, what a good thing to pause with our nation on this day that is specially set aside for thanksgiving! For all blessings, physical and spiritual, we have a loving heavenly Father to thank. So, let’s do that as we meditate on his holy Word and respond with our appreciation, spoken and sung. God bless your worship. 


Pastor Frick’s Welcome

Come, O Come, Let Us Sing to the Lord

Refrain
Come, O come, let us sing to the Lord,
let us shout with joy to our saving Rock;
come, enter in with our songs of praise,
come, enter in with thanksgiving.

1 You are a great and a wondrous God,
cupping in your hands all the depths of earth.
You made the hills and the mountains high,
you made the seas and the dry land.    Refrain

2 Come, let us worship and, bowing low,
kneel before the One who has made us all.
You are the God whom we call our own,
we are the flock that you shepherd.    Refrain

Invocation

We offer our thanksgiving to God the Father, who has created us and who preserves us and protects us according to His good pleasure; and who has showered us with all manner of blessings.
Give thanks to the LORD for he is good!

We offer our thanksgiving to God the Son, who became one of us, lived among us, humbled himself to death, even death upon a cross for our sins.
Give thanks to the LORD for he is good!

We offer our thanksgiving to God the Holy Spirit, who broke through the barrier and wall of our unbelieving hearts and brought us to faith in Jesus, and who preserves and strengthens that faith through the Word of God. 
Give thanks to the LORD for he is good!

To the Triune God, we offer our humble and sincere thanksgiving.
Amen.

Psalm 107 – Give Thanks unto the Lord our God

1 Give thanks unto the Lord our God.
    How good and kind is he,
whose tender mercy shall endure
    through all eternity.

2 Let God’s redeemed repeat these words
    and give him thanks and praise
who rescued them from hostile hands,
    preserved them all their days.

3 He gathered them from out the lands
    from north, south, east, and west.
They strayed in the desert’s pathless way,
    no city found to rest.

4 Their weary soul within them faints
    when thirst and hunger press;
in trouble then they cried to God;
    he saved them from distress.

5 He made the way before them straight,
    and he became their guide,
that they might to a city go
    and there in peace abide.

6 Let all the children of the LORD
    now praise him for his grace,
and for his works of wonder done
    in ev’ry time and place!

Confession

O Triune God, perfect and holy, who rules over all. We come before you this day confessing our sins knowing you give life to the forsaken and forgive all sin.

Forgive Us, Lord, for Shallow Thankfulness – CW 754

1 Forgive us, Lord, for shallow thankfulness,
    for dull content with warmth and sheltered care,
for songs of praise for worldly wealthiness,
    while of your richer gifts we’re unaware:

3 Forgive us, Lord, for selfish thanks and praise,
    for words that speak at variance with deeds;
forgive our thanks for walking pleasant ways,
    unmindful of a broken brother’s needs:

5 Forgive us, Lord, for feast that knows not fast,
    for joy in things that meanwhile starve the soul,
for walls and wars that hide your mercies vast
    and blur our vision of the kingdom goal:

6 Open our eyes to see your love’s intent,
    to know with mind and heart its depth and height;
let thankful days in loving labor spent
    reflect the truly Christlike life and light.

Absolution

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. In his great mercy, God made us alive in Christ even when we were dead in our sins. Hear the word of Christ through his called servant: I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Give thanks to the LORD for he is good! His love endures forever. 

Christ, the Life of All the Living – CW 396

1 Christ, the life of all the living,
    Christ, the death of death, our foe,
who, thyself for me once giving
    to the darkest depths of woe:
through thy suff’rings, death, and merit
I eternal life inherit.
    Thousand, thousand thanks shall be,
    dearest Jesus, unto thee.

2 Thou, ah! Thou hast taken on thee
    bonds and stripes, a cruel rod;
pain and scorn were heaped upon thee,
    O thou sinless Son of God!
Thus didst thou my soul deliver
from the bonds of sin forever.
    Thousand, thousand thanks shall be,
    dearest Jesus, unto thee.

3 Thou hast borne the smiting only
    that my wounds might all be whole;
thou hast suffered, sad and lonely,
    rest to give my weary soul;
yea, the curse of God enduring,
blessing unto me securing.
    Thousand, thousand thanks shall be,
    dearest Jesus, unto thee.

6 Thou hast suffered great affliction
    and hast borne it patiently,
even death by crucifixion,
    fully to atone for me.
Thou didst choose to be tormented
that my doom should be prevented.
    Thousand, thousand thanks shall be,
    dearest Jesus, unto thee.

7 Then, for all that wrought my pardon,
    for thy sorrows deep and sore,
for thine anguish in the garden,
    I will thank thee evermore,
thank thee for thy groaning, sighing,
for thy bleeding and thy dying,
    for that last triumphant cry
    and shall praise thee, Lord, on high.

Prayer

Almighty God our Father, your generous goodness comes to us new every day. By the work of your Spirit, lead us to acknowledge your goodness, give thanks for your benefits, and serve you in willing obedience; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Wednesday only

Junior Choir – God Be in My Head

Celebrate An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving

Reading – Deuteronomy 16:13-15

  Celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing floor and your winepress. Be joyful at your festival – you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites, the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns. For seven days celebrate the festival to the Lord your God at the place the Lord will choose. For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.

Confession of Faith – The First Article (Creation)

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
I believe that God created me and all that exists, and that he gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my mind and all my abilities.

And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle, and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life. God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil. All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it. For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.

This is most certainly true.

Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow – CW 617

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heav’nly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Offering

Now Thank We All Our God – CW 597

1 Now thank we all our God
    with hearts and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done,
    in whom his world rejoices;
who from our mothers’ arms
    has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love
    and still is ours today.

2 Oh, may this bounteous God
    through all our life be near us,
with ever-joyful hearts
    and blessèd peace to cheer us
and keep us in his grace
    and guide us when perplexed
and free us from all ills
    in this world and the next.

3 All praise and thanks to God
    the Father now be given,
the Son, and him who reigns
    with them in highest heaven,
the one eternal God,
    whom earth and heav’n adore;
for thus it was, is now,
    and shall be evermore.

Prayer

Lord of heaven and earth, you made all things beautiful. You have provided green forests and refreshing streams. You have arranged the orderly procession of day and night for our work and rest.
Thank you for the mountains and the prairies, the roaring sea, and the gentle breeze.

Thank you for roofs that shelter us, for clothing that protects us, and for food and drink. Thank you for our work, for projects that are done well, and for the approval of supervisors and teachers. Thank you for all who serve at night to make our days more pleasant.
Thank you for associates at work, for their encouragement and praise, and for the joys of human friendships.

Thank you for our cities and our countrysides, for farms and factories, for streets and highways, and for all of life that flows so swiftly before us.
Thank you for children at play, their boundless energy, and their shouts of joy and laughter.

Thank you for the morning greetings we receive, and for all the smiles that come from faces loved by you.
Thank you for Christian parents, for their affection and their care.

Thank you for the healing you bring when we are sick, the protection you send when we are in danger, and the comfort you offer when we are sad. Hear our prayers. Lead us to be thankful as we believe that in all things you work for the good of those who love you. 
Thank you for those who help and encourage us in difficult times.

Hear us, Lord, as we pray in silence.

Silence for personal prayer

Thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ, for his coming to us in Word and sacraments, for his giving and forgiving, and for listening to our prayers. Receive our gifts and offerings as our sacrifice of praise.
Lead us in thankful living today and always. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name,
    your kingdom come,
    your will be done
        on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
    as we forgive those
    who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
    and the glory are yours
    now and forever. Amen.

Reading – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

  Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Blessing

The Lord bless you and keep you.
  The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
    The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
Amen.

Rejoice, O Pilgrim Throng

1 Rejoice, O pilgrim throng! 
    Rejoice, give thanks, and sing; 
Your festal banner wave on high, 
The cross of Christ your King. 
    Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, 
    Give thanks and sing.

2 With all the angel choirs, 
    With all the saints of earth, 
Pour out the strains of joy and bliss,
sweet music, noblest mirth. 
    Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, 
    Give thanks and sing.

3 With voice as full and strong 
    As ocean’s surging praise, 
Send forth the hymns our fathers loved, 
The psalms of ancient days. 
    Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, 
    Give thanks and sing.

5 Yes, on through life’s long path, 
    Still chanting as ye go; 
From youth to age, by night and day, 
In gladness and in woe. 
    Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, 
    Give thanks and sing.

7 At last the march shall end; 
    The wearied ones shall rest; 
The pilgrims find their Father’s house, 
Jerusalem the bless’d. 
    Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, 
    Give thanks and sing.

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