Thanksgiving Worship Service

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November 24 & 25, 2021

Opening Hymn – Adult Choir – Now Thank We All Our God

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 mother’s arms 
Has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love 
And still is ours today.

Invocation and Call to Worship

P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.
C: And also with you.

P: Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.

C: We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator! 
In grateful devotion our tribute we bring: 
We lay it before you; we kneel and adore you; 
We bless your holy name; glad praises we sing.

P: Shout for joy to the LORD all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. It is he who made us and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him; praise his name.

C: With voices united our praises we offer; 
To you, great Jehovah, glad anthems we raise. 
Your strong arm will guide us; our God is beside us. 
To you, our great Redeemer, fore’er be praise! 

P: We offer our praise to the LORD because we know he is the One who has forgiven us all our sins. Knowing this, we confess our sins to him.
All: Almighty God merciful Father, as we look over the past year, we confess that we are undeserving of all we have received. With sorrow we confess that we often have been greedy and ungrateful; we have not been satisfied in the midst of your many blessings; we have coveted and complained, both about the things we have and those things which we don’t have. We humbly ask your forgiveness, O Lord, for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ. We ask you work in us the sincere desire to serve you in joy and contentment, with ever thankful hearts. In Jesus’ name we ask this. Amen.

P: Having heard your sincere confession, I as a called servant of the Lord, and by his authority forgive you all your sins according to the blessing which God has given to you in his Son’s perfect life and innocent death.

C: We worship you, God of our fathers; we bless you. 
Through trial and tempest our guide you have been; 
When our sins o’ertake us, you sent your Son to save us
To you, our great Redeemer, fore’er be praise!

Thanksgiving Prayer

P: Almighty and most merciful Father in heaven, with an open and generous hand, you give all creatures everything they need. We thank you for richly blessing our fields with crops and permitting us again to harvest from your earth. Bless and protect the seed of your Holy Word which you have planted in our heart so that we continue to grow in faith and are ready for harvest on the Last Day when you come again. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
C: Amen.

Now Thank We All Our God

For His Goodness

Psalm 107a – Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

Hymn

For the Fruit of His Creation – CW 611

For the fruit of his creation, 
Thanks be to God.
For his gifts to ev’ry nation, 
Thanks be to God.
For the plowing, sowing, reaping, 
Silent growth while we are sleeping,
Future needs in earth’s safekeeping, 
Thanks be to God.

In the just reward of labor, 
God’s will be done.
In the help we give our neighbor, 
God’s will be done.
In our worldwide task of caring 
For the hungry and despairing,
In the harvests we are sharing, 
God’s will be done.

For the harvests of the Spirit, 
Thanks be to God.
For the good we all inherit, 
Thanks be to God.
For the wonders that astound us, 
For the truths that still confound us,
Most of all that Love has found us, 
Thanks be to God.

For His Righteousness

Psalm 7:17a – I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness.

Hymn

Brothers, Sisters, Let Us Gladly – CW 484

Brothers, sisters, let us gladly 
Give to God our all, our best –
Service hearty, thorough, honest, 
With a living love impressed.
All our duty, all our striving, 
All our time to him belong;
Praise him, then, with true devotion; 
Come before him with a song.

By his mercy, by his bounty, 
By the gift of Christ, his Son,
What great goodness he has shown us, 
What high marvels he has done!
Let us to him promptly, freely, 
Yield our bodies and our souls,
Thankful that his love protects us, 
That his wisdom all controls.

Gracious Lord, accept our service 
For the sake of Christ, your Son;
Lo, our hope abides now only 
In the righteousness he won.
Bless and save us; help and guide us; 
Watch to comfort and restore
Till in heav’n we rest rejoicing, 
Praising you forevermore.

For His Enduring Love

Psalm 107:1b – Give thanks to the LORD…his love endures forever. 

Hymn

Love Divine, All Love Excelling – CW 365

Love divine, all love excelling, 
Joy of heav’n, to earth come down,
Fix in us your humble dwelling, 
All your faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, you are all compassion, 
Boundless mercy from above.
Visit us with benediction; 
Comfort us with heav’nly love.

Take away our love of sinning; 
Alpha and Omega be.
End of faith as its beginning, 
Set our hearts at liberty.
We would ever seek your blessing, 
Serve you as your hosts above,
Pray and praise you without ceasing, 
Glory in your perfect love.

Sanctify your new creation; 
Pure and spotless let us be.
Let us trust your great salvation, 
Won for us on Calvary,
Till we lay our crowns before you, 
Till in heav’n we take our place,
Till in glory we adore you, 
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

The Confession of Faith

  I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. I believe that God made me and every creature and that he gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and my abilities.
  And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, cattle and all I own, and all that I need to keep my body and life, and by defending me against all danger and 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 deserve it.
  For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.
  This is most certainly true.

Presentation of the Offering

The Prayers

Prayers of Thanksgiving

P: Heavenly Father, when you open your hand, you satisfy the desires of every living thing.
C: May your name be praised and your grace glorified.

P: Today we remember with joy the gifts you provide for us.  
C: Again and again you pour on us all that we need for daily living: health, strength, companionship, and all our material blessings. We thank you especially for the spiritual blessings you have given us through your Son.  

P: It is true that every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights. Yet we are greedy and ungrateful.
C: We complain and worry.

P: Forgive us for these and all our sins in the name of Jesus. Prevent our many blessings from becoming Satan’s trap to ensnare us.  
C: Keep our minds on things above, not on earthly things.

P: On this Thanksgiving Day, pour out your Spirit on us.  
C: Bless us all with a faith that seeks first your kingdom and your righteousness.  

P: Assure us that you will supply all our other needs as well.
C: Make us bold to give as generously as you have given to us.

P: Be with your people wherever they might be on this holiday. Protect those who are traveling. Cheer the hearts of the lonely, comfort those who sorrow, and look with compassion on the poor and needy. Now hear us as we bring you our private petitions.

Silent Prayer

P: LORD, fill us today and every day with a humble and grateful faith that sincerely prays, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” We also join to pray:

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.

The Parting Words and Benediction

P: Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
C: Let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.

P: Brothers and sisters go in peace.  
  Live in harmony with one another.
    Serve the LORD with gladness.  

The Lord bless you and keep you.
  The Lord make his face shine upon you.
    The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
C: Amen.

Closing Hymn

We Thank You for Your Blessings – CW 615

We thank you for your blessings,
Almighty Lord, our King;
We thank you for the harvests,
Yes, Lord, for ev’rything:
For flow’rs that bloom in springtime,
For rip’ning fruit and grain,
For all the precious sunshine,
And for the gentle rain.

This day of great thanksgiving
We count them one by one:
One free and fruitful country,
The great things you have done,
Our family, our loved ones,
The guardian angels’ care,
Our very self and heartbeat –
Lord, hear our thankful prayer!

But best of all your blessings,
The rainbow of your love,
Are all the many mercies
Your Word brings from above.
Our life now has full meaning –
Christ Jesus is our God!
Thanksgiving shall be living
The way the Savior trod.