Sermons

WARREN-MEADOWLEA PASTORAL CHARGE    Sunday, October 11, 2020   THANKSGIVING SUNDAY

Words of Welcome

Lighting the Christ Candle

The light of Christ shines brightly in our lives.

We live in hope because of that light.

We live with gratitude because of that light.

And so we light our candle to remind us that the light of Christ

Shines in the darkness, and nothing can ever put it out.

Thanks be to God! Amen.

 

Call to Worship

Creator God, we praise you for bright, crisp mornings,

For leaves crackling underfoot

And wisps of cloud in a pale sky.

We praise you for the night-time rain,

For the wind blowing through the fields,

And yard lights reflecting on the ground.

 

We praise you for the season’s labours,

For the smell of new-turned earth

And the colours of this new season.

We praise you for the season’s gifts,

For fruitfulness beyond measure

And time to reflect and remember.

 

Creator God, be with us in our worship.

Be with us in our celebrations.

Creator God, we praise you!

Creator God, we praise you!       

 

A Time of Prayer

Hot showers in the morning and cool breezes in the evening; work that provides for our families, and abundance that makes us generous; silly jokes told by third graders,      and the silent tears of a grandmother lost in her childhood forever.  What blessings are ours, Creation’s Joy!

Teachers who patiently help us with our math, and mentors who keep us on the right paths; friends who shovel snow off sidewalks before we waken, and employers whose hearts are greater than their profits; piano teachers who smile at our repeated mistakes coaches who teach us (one more time) how to curl the stone into place.  What blessings are ours, Servant of Joy!

Dogs who bounce us awake early in the day and cats who lullaby us to sleep at night; grandfathers who teach us how to whittle and siblings who give up a date to baby sit; children who always forget to wash their hands and folks who always remember to say ‘thank you.’ What blessings are ours, Joyous Spirit!

God in Community, Holy in One, may our thankful hearts overflow in this day. Amen 

Music: For the Fruit of All Creation       227VU

1          For the fruit of all creation, thanks be to God.

            For the gifts to every nation, thanks be to God.

            For the ploughing, sowing, reaping,

            silent growth while we are sleeping,

            future needs in earth’s safekeeping, thanks be to God.

 

2          In the just reward of labour, God’s will is done.

            In the help we give our neighbour, God’s will is done.

            In our worldwide task of caring

            for the hungry and despairing,

            in the harvests we are sharing, God’s will is done.

 

3          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.

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 8:8-17

The Lord your God is bringing you into a good land with streams that flow from springs in the valleys and hills. You can dig for copper in those hills, and the stones are made of iron ore. And you won’t go hungry. Wheat and barley fields are everywhere, and so are vineyards and orchards full of fig, pomegranate, and olive trees, and there is plenty of honey.

Moses said to Israel:

After you eat and are full, give praise to the Lord your God for the good land he gave you. Make sure that you never forget the Lord or disobey his laws and teachings that I am giving you today. If you always obey them, you will have plenty to eat, and you will build good houses to live in. You will get more and more cattle, sheep, silver, gold, and other possessions.

But when all this happens, don’t be proud! Don’t forget that you were once slaves in Egypt and that it was the Lord who set you free. Remember how he led you in that huge and frightening desert where poisonous snakes and scorpions live. There was no water, but the Lord split open a rock, and water poured out so you could drink. He also gave you manna, a kind of food your ancestors had never even heard about. The Lord was testing you to make you trust him, so that later on he could be good to you.

When you become successful, don’t say, “I’m rich, and I’ve earned it all yself.” Instead, remember that the Lord your God gives you the strength to make a living. That’s how he keeps the promise he made to your ancestors.

 

A Reading: The Whole Earth Says Thanks     

(a paraphrase of some of verses of Psalm 65 by Ralph Milton

Dear God, I love to sing to you, because you sing back to me.  When bad things happen and I feel sad, you sing to me in my heart.

Dear God, you made the mountains so tall, you made the ocean so blue, and yet, you are stronger than all of them, strong and kind and true.

Dear God, you always give us rain, and sun for the plants to grow. You give us food and you give us friends; we couldn’t ask you for more.

Dear God, you have us the bright green forest, you gave us the hills and the flowers. You gave us the skies and lakes and the streams, and the whole earth shouts and says thanks.

Scripture Reading: Luke 17:11-19

On his way to Jerusalem, Jesus went along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten people with leprosy came toward him. They stood at a distance and shouted, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

Jesus looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”

On their way they were healed. When one of them discovered that he was healed, he came back, shouting praises to God. He bowed down at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. The man was from the country of Samaria.

Jesus asked, “Weren’t ten healed? Where are the other nine? Why was this foreigner the only one who came back to thank God?” Then Jesus told the man, “You may get up and go. Your faith has made you well.”

Gift of Music: Darryl Brunger

Reflection: Giving Thanks or Living Thanks   

Music: Ev’ry Day Is a Day of Thanksgiving                185MV

Ev’ry day is a day of thanksgiving. God, you’ve been so good to me.

Ev’ry day you’re blessing me.

Ev’ry day is a day of thanksgiving. I will glorify you, O my Lord, today!

Ev’ry day is a day of thanksgiving. God, you’ve been so good to me.

Ev’ry day you’re blessing me.

Ev’ry day is a day of thanksgiving. I will glorify you, O my Lord, today!

 

You keep blessing me, blessing me, blessing me.

You opened the door that I might see, you’re blessing me.

And you keep blessing me, blessing me, blessing me.

I will glorify you, O my Lord, today!

 

You keep blessing me, blessing me, blessing me.

You opened the door that I might see, you’re blessing me.

And you keep blessing me, blessing me, blessing me.

I will glorify you, O my Lord, today!

 

Prayers of The People

Loving God, Creator of all that has been, all that is, and all that is to come; You made us human and gave us hearts to love you and follow you. We thank you for the many blessings you have given us over this past year.

God, we thank you for all of the blessings you have given us throughout our lives: Food to eat, Clothes to wear, Shelter from the storm, People who love us unconditionally.

We thank you for their love because we recognize that their love for us is a reflection of your love. We acknowledge that there are times in our lives when we, ourselves, feel unloved and unlovable. Give us the grace to love others, even when they are difficult.

We trust in your faithfulness to carry us over the rough places of life. We trust in your love to walk with us through the difficulties of our days. We trust in your promise of life everlasting and put all of our hope in you.

We thank you for Jesus. We thank you for the love and compassion that he offered to others. we thank you for the many things that he taught us about loving you and loving one another.

We pray that your Holy Spirit will be felt by people who are in pain in mind, body or spirit. Help them to know that you are with them and you are able to carry them through their trials.

Bless our church family. Bless our community. Bless our nation. Bless our world.

Enable us to live so that your love might be made manifest in the world around us. We ask all these things in the name of Jesus, our teacher and our friend who taught us to pray as he taught his disciples:

Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name,

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our trespasses

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

Forever and ever. Amen.

 

We Go Into God’s World

As we go from this time of worship to gatherings of family and friends,

may we discover what is beautiful and call it a blessing.

May we recognize the way in which our lives are intertwined with the lives of others and with all of God’s creation.

May we be bold to praise God with our thanksgiving.

Let us go with great joy sharing our thankfulness

In our dancing and our singing.

Song of Blessing: Take Up His Song   213MV

Take up his song of hope

and go into the world.

Take up his song of hope

in ev’ry moment.

In ev’ry moment of the journey,

we’re laying down our lives;

lay them down in hope,

lay them down and take up his song.

 

Take up his song of love

and go into the world.

Take up his song of love

in ev’ry moment.

In ev’ry moment of the journey,

we’re laying down our lives;

lay them down in love,

lay them down and take up his song.

 

 

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