Just These Thoughts My Friends...
November and December are months that cause us to turn our attention more so to a spirit of thanksgiving for the many gifts we have been given, as well as the opportunity to, in gratitude, give much to those we are called to love. In truth, thanksgiving and service are attributes of the life that our Lord calls us to each and every day. Not just during these Holy Days.
That said, over the course of the next few weeks our RPC family will have many opportunities to be both thankful and to serve this world in the name of Jesus. Please take just a moment to read through the November newsletter to find the many ways you are invited to take part in this attitude of gratitude.
Finally, many have asked for a resource that could be used on Thanksgiving Day as a way of giving thanks. Below you will find the outline of a simple service that we will utilize at our November Rock Family Supper. It can, of course, be modified to suit your setting or situation.
Friends, let us live our lives with gratitude to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And let us make the choice daily to serve our Risen Lord by giving back.
Grateful for You!
Dr. Chris Leonard
A Time to Give Thanks
“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. O give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever…” Psalm 136:1-3
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Gracious God, you have given us all things. You have given us minds for thinking, hearts for feeling, and a soul for connecting with you. We are thankful for the blessing of material things, for family, for friends, for our church. We are more thankful for the gift of life, which in your grace you have given to us so that we might be in relationship with you. May we not sacrifice our souls to what is plentiful on this earth, but to your call for our ministry together. Now, thanks be to you, O Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. Let us adore you always, giving thanks in all things! In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
A Litany of Thanksgiving
All: We gather together to give you thanksgiving and praise, eternal God.
Men: We remember your many blessings of this past year, of food and shelter, of love and life.
Women: We gather together to give you thanksgiving and praise, generous God.
Youths: We remember those times of wonder and joy, plenty and celebration.
Adults: We gather together to give you thanksgiving and praise, Joyous God.
All: We remember your presence with us always, especially in times of difficulty, loss, and distress.
Women: We gather together to give you thanksgiving and praise, compassionate God.
Youths: We remember those near and far who lack the basic necessities of life.
Men: We commit to share our blessings and our lives with others, gracious God.
All: We gather together to give you thanksgiving and praise, faithful God.
A Time of Reflection upon God’s Grace
Each person is asked to think about and write down some of the things they are most thankful for. The
Blessing (in unison)
Lord for the food we have received, and for your many gifts, some of which we have just spoken of, we give you thanks. Lead us forward with thankful hearts. Lead us into the world with your renewing and strengthening Spirit. May that Spirit fill us full of praise and joyous affirmations of the life that we have been given, and with a heart for those who have much less. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.