Online Worship – Thanksgiving, 2020


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Welcome and Invocation

1Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.
2Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
3Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
Changing lives with the love of God
to the glory of God
4For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.
5He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.
6By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
7He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses.
8Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
20Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
21For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
22Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

Old Testament Reading: Deuteronomy 8:1-10

1“The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the LORD swore to give to your fathers. 2And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. 3And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. 4Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. 5Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the LORD your God disciplines you. 6So you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him. 7For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, 8a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, 9a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.”
A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading: Philippians 4:6-20

6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
10I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
14Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.

Litany for Thanksgiving

P For the beauty of the earth and the wonder of creation
C We thank You, gracious Lord.
P For all that is true and honorable and pure in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ,
C We thank You, gracious Lord.
P For our daily food, for our homes and families and friends,
C We thank You, gracious Lord.
P For minds that think and hearts that love,
C We thank You, gracious Lord.
P For health, strength, and skill to work, and for leisure to rest and play,
C We thank You, gracious Lord.
P For all who pursue peace, justice, and truth,
C We thank You, gracious Lord.
P And especially for the gifts of forgiveness, new life, and eternity with God,
C We thank You, gracious Lord.
P Through Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord, who lives and reigns in You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now
C and forever. Amen.

Gospel Reading: Luke 17:11-19

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the seventeenth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
11On the way to Jerusalem [Jesus] was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.

Sermon: Becoming a Thanksgiver at Thanksgiving
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Confession of Faith

C I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them.
He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, spouse and children, work, car, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life.
He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil. All this He does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him.
This is most certainly true.


L Merciful God,
C we offer with joy and thanksgiving what You have first given us – ourselves, our time, and our possessions, signs of Your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of Him who offered Himself for us,
Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord. Amen.

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