Thanksgiving Service

Ward Hill Church of Christ the King

A Christ-Centered Community of Faith, Hope, & Love

Eve of Thanksgiving Day, November 24, in the Lord’s Year 2021

Service of Thanksgiving

Please speak bold words and sing italicized words. * We invite you to stand as able.

Prelude

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

* Hymn 715   Come, Ye Thankful People, Come                      ST GEORGE’S, WINDSOR

* Invocation & the Lord’s Prayer – 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

* Fellowship in Christ   The peace of the Lord be with you. And also with you.

Welcome and Announcements

Song of Thanks Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the Holy One, give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son. (2x)

And now let the weak say, “I am strong!” Let the poor say, “I am rich!” Because of what the Lord has done for us. (2x) Give thanks.

Collect for Thanksgiving: Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray you, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Holy Scriptures Joel 2:21-27                Psalm 126 – hymnal page 821

1 Timothy 2:1-7          Matthew 6:25-33

        The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Thanksgiving Homily –

* Hymn 716   Sing to the Lord of Harvest       WIE LIEBLICH IST DER MAIEN

Prayers of Thanksgiving

Litany of Thanksgiving

Almighty God, from whom comes each good gift of life, we remember your loving-kindness and your uncounted mercies and we join in grateful praise. For all your gifts to us, for our lives and the world in which we live,     We give you thanks, O God.

For the order of nature; for the beauty of the earth; for day and night, summer and winter, seed-time and harvest; for the joys which every season brings,

We give you thanks, O God.

For the work we are enabled to do, and the truth you reveal to us and help us discover; for whatever of good there has been in our lives, and for all the hopes which lead us on toward better things,                                                       We give you thanks, O God.

For all the joys and comforts of life; for homes and families; for our friends; for the love, sympathy, and good will of persons near and far,           We give you thanks, O God.

For wise government and laws which order our common life; for the land of America and all her prosperity and liberty,                                     We give you thanks, O God.

For education and all the treasures of literature, science, and art;

We give you thanks, O God.

For all the discipline of life; for the tasks and trials which train us to know ourselves, love others, and be drawn closer to you,                    We give you thanks, O God.

For the desire and power to help others; for every opportunity of serving our generation in ways large or small,                                             We give you thanks, O God.

For the gift of Jesus Christ, and everything which is ours as his disciples; for the presence and inspiration of your Holy Spirit throughout our day,

We give you thanks, O God.

God of grace and love, we have praised you with our lips for all the richness and meaning that life holds for us. Now send us into the world to praise you with our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Offering – to benefit World Relief

Offertory(Hymn 729)

All things are thine; no gift have we, Lord of all gifts, to offer thee; and hence with grateful hearts today, thine own before thy feet we lay.

* Doxology (Hymn 731)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

* Offertory Prayer

* Hymn 714   We Plow the Fields                                                              WIR PFLUGEN

* Benediction

Postlude

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