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THANKSGIVING DAY

November 22, 2018

 

PRESERVICE MUSIC

OPENING HYMN     LSB #892      "Come, You Thankful People, Come"

INVOCATION

Pastor:            In the name of the Father;

People:          who richly and daily supplies us with all we need for this body and life;

Pastor:            in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ;

People:          who purchased and won us, not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood, and His innocent suffering and death;

Pastor:            in the name of the Holy Spirit;

People:          who calls me by the Gospel, sanctifies and keeps me in the one true faith, just as He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth. Amen.

 

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

Pastor:            Heavenly Father, we have been so richly blessed by You.

People:          Yet we confess, Father, that we easily forget all the blessings of this life that You shower on us every day.  We get caught up in this life and forget that You are the giver of all good things.

All:                  Forgive us, Father, for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

Pastor:            Jesus, thank You for coming into the world to be our Savior.

People:          Yet, dear Savior, we so often forget the agony You suffered on our behalf, and how You willingly took the punishment of our sins upon Yourself to give us forgiveness and life.

All:                  Forgive us, Lord Jesus.

Pastor:            Holy Spirit, You have called us to faith in Jesus Christ, and have continued to work in our hearts and lives to mold us into the people You have called us to be.

People:          We must confess, however, that we often forget our calling as Your holy people, and live as if it did not matter.

All:                  Forgive us, Holy Spirit.  Continue Your sanctifying work within our hearts and lives.

(Silent confession to God of sins.)

Pastor:            Although we often forget that every blessing comes from God, God still remembers His covenant, in which He promises, "For I will forgive their wickedness, and remember their sins no more." Jeremiah 31:34 

All of our sins are forgiven, in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. 

People:          Amen.  Thank You, Lord, for remembering Your promises to us!

HYMN                        "Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow"  [ Tune: Hymnal #805]

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Father, to us You've given all

Your blessings now despite our fall;

For all our needs You thus provide,

And by the flowing waters guide.

O Lord, we thank You for Your cross,

On which You suffered for our loss;

Triumphant over death and grave

You rose for life, our souls to save.

O Holy Spirit, by Your grace,

In Word and water for our race

You give new life; help us believe;

And Christ's true body, blood receive.

Sts. 2, 3 and 4 (c) 2004 by Rev. Mark B. Anderson, altered, Henry Gerike.

 

OLD TESTAMENT  Deuteronomy 8:1-10                      Bible p. 287

            (Israel is commanded to remember God's goodness to them when they enter the

            Promised Land.)

EPISTLE  Philippians 4:6-20                                            Bible p. 1830

            (Paul gives us reasons to be thankful.)

GOSPEL  Luke 17:11-19                                                    Bible p. 1627

            (Jesus heals the ten lepers; one remembers to return and give Him thanks.)

HYMN            "Before You, Lord, We Bow"  [Hymnal #966]
 

SERMON:                 Text:  Luke 17:11-19          Theme:  “Thanks”

 

OFFERING

 

CREED          Nicene Creed

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

Pastor:            Almighty God, You show Your love to us each day.  You provide the necessities of life for the evil as well as the good; You send the rain on the just and the unjust. 

People:          Thank You, Lord, for Your kindness and goodness to us.

Pastor:            We give You thanks, Lord, for giving us the greatest blessing that we need---faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ, and what He has given to us in His cross and resurrection.

People:          Thank You, Lord, for Your kindness and goodness to us.

Pastor:            We give You thanks for the many gifts with which You have blessed us in this congregation.  Help us to use them in service to You.

People:          Thank You, Lord, for Your kindness and goodness to us.

Pastor:            For all the blessings You give us each day---food to eat, a place to sleep, clothes to wear, and all we need for this body and life---we give You our thanks and praise.

People:          Thank You, Lord, for Your kindness and goodness to us.

Pastor:            Lord Jesus, Your forgiveness is free to us.  Freely have we received it; may we freely give it to those who have sinned against us.  If there is someone on our hearts right now with whom we are having difficulties, give us grace to deal with them even as You would.

People:          Thank You, Lord, for Your kindness and goodness to us.

Pastor:            Heavenly Father, You remember Your mercies to us each and every day.  We especially ask this day that You would help the following people whom we name now silently in our hearts… [pause for silent prayer]. Meet these needs as only You can.

People:          Thank You, Lord, for Your kindness and goodness to us.

Pastor:            Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

People:          Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER Matthew 6:9-11

WORDS OF CHRIST AS HE INSTITUTED HIS HOLY MEAL

   Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25

THE LORD’S SUPPER

We welcome you to the Lord’s Supper. In order to receive the blessing of this Sacrament (1 Corinthians 11:28-29), ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Am I sorry for my sins?
  2. Do I believe that Jesus is my Savior and that he forgives my sins?
  3. Do I plan, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to change my sinful life?

HYMNS DURING THE LORD’S SUPPER

LSB #806      “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

LSB #782      “Gracious God, You Send Great Blessings”

LSB #632      “O Jesus, Blessed Lord, to Thee”

POST-COMMUNION PRAYER

Pastor:            Almighty God, we thank You that through this eating and drinking of Your Son's body and blood our faith is strengthened, for You are the source of all good things in our lives.  We pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who with You and the Holy Spirit ever rules, one God, now and for all eternity.

People:          Amen.

BLESSING

Pastor:            The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.

The Lord lift His countenance upon you and + give you peace.

People:          Amen.

CLOSING HYMN     LSB #643      "Sent Forth by God's Blessing"