....Hope To The End
3rd Thursday in November
When was the first Thanksgiving for the harvest ?
At "Ingathering" (Succoth, Tabernacles, Booths)
Leviticus 23:39: Deuteronomy 16:13-15
Family and Thanksgiving http://www.just4kidsmagazine.com/nov.html
Song..."Bringing in the Sheaves":
An attitude of Gratitude:
Psalms: 68:19 .... 100:4 .... 103 ... 105 .... 106 ... 107:22 ...
1 Thess. 5:18 ... Col.1:12 and 3:15 .... James. 1:17.
I thank you God for most this amazing Day:
for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;
and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes
--e e cummings
Come Lord Jesus be our Guest;
Let this food for us be blessed.
How to carve your turkey
Smoked Turkey http://www.fabulousfoods.com/school/cstech/smoketurkey.html
Song: "Whole-hearted Thanksgiving to Thee I Bring" (Psalm 9:1)
We remember the third line in the chorus as going like this:
"Give praise to the Father, through Jesus God's Son,
and Give Him the Glory, great things He has done!"
Song: To God Be the Glory"
Song: "Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart"
Got an invitation to where you don't want to go ? Just say no.
Then read Psalm One.
We are praying here that God will grant you the courage to say no,
and the fortitude to stay away.
"From such turn away " 2 Timothy 3 : 1--5
John Chapter 7 speaks of the feast of Tabernacles ( Ingathering ) ... a time when everyone thanked God for the harvest.
Ingathering is the Biblical - Thanksgiving. And at that time, all the families would gather together ( in Jerusalem ) to celebrate.
Jesus chose not to celebrate ( eat with ) with His family at that time.
Our Lord knew well the stranglehold family members can put upon one another. That is why he stated:
" A man's worst enemies are those of his own household". -- Micah 7:6 ; Matthew 10:36;
Now our Lord didn't just make that up. He knew this from personal experience ; and He allows us to see into the
sibling-jealousies and ill-will within His own family circle in John Chapter 7: 2--10
His brothers and sisters mocked ( scorned, derided ) His person and His purpose, and they let Jesus know that they, for sure, would not respect Him at the gathering." For neither did His brethren believe in Him "
Jesus simply did not go to the family gathering, but went to honor God instead.
Thanksgiving is a day to honor God and thank Him for all of His blessings.
It is not a National family-relatives day where arguments and mockings abound.
( arrogance and condescension )
Notice well : Our Lord didn't merely say NO to the family gathering, He put His words into action and abided by that NO.
Psalm 41: 9 .... Psalm 55: 12--14 .... Jeremiah 12: 6 .... Jeremiah 20: 10... Obadiah 1:7 ...
Matthew 10:35, 36 ....Mattthew 26:23 .. Matthew 26: 49, 50 .... Luke 12: 53 .... Luke 21: 16 .... John 13:18
Matthew 10:21 ... Matthew 12: 46--49 .... Mark 3: 32--34 .... Luke 8: 20, 21
"Dear God, let me not take to myself nor suffer over the actions and reactions of other people. Other adult human beings
[Ed: who are manipulative, domineering, flattering, disrespectful ]
are not my responsibility no matter how closely their lives may be intertwined with mine. I will not allow myself to be troubled by anyone else.
My one problem is to improve my own way of living" ( Ed: and to keep my peace of mind and serenity )
-- 12 steps literature
See LINKS at end of article
All "Blessing and Glory and Wisdom and THANKSGIVING,
and Honor, and Power and Might
be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen."
The REAL Meaning of Thanksgiving...Joseph Farah
Pilgrim Separists..fled persecution in England and went to Holland
before coming to America --Wm. Federer
Song: "Count Your Blessings One by One"
Song: "Bless This House O Lord We Pray"
Perry Como https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es_Q0pC6I4E
Song: "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You"
By the Andrew Sisters, Bing Crosby, and Nat King Cole :
by Kate Smith
by Frankie Lane
SOUP - KITCHENS
Thanksgiving: a good time to Volunteer in soup-kitchens etc.
to serve, or to prepare pies and foods.
( if led by the Holy Ghost to do so )
Also a good time to donate canned goods to shelves for the hungry
" I was hungry and you gave Me meat."
I was thirsty and you gave Me drink"
I was a stranger and you took Me in" *
A favorite Thanksgiving Hymn from Holland
"We Gather Together"
"let Thy congregation escape tribulation"
Annie"s Thanksgiving www.annieshomepage.com/thanksgiving.html
Not Just for Kids Thanksgiving
Online Coloring pages -- no crayons needed
Song: "Now Thank We All Our God, With Heart and Hands and Voices"
Poem "thank YOU for the priceless gift of FREEDOM"
THANK YOU LORD
Parable of the 1 out of 10 who turned around to give thanks...
Poem: Thank You Lord
Poem and Song (Sykes)
Thank You Lord for Saving My Soul
Hymn: Thanks to God, My Redeemer
Lord, I Thank You
Come Ye Thankful People, Come
Thank You Lord for Today
http://www.yobel.com/yfoot7.htm#12. Thank You, Lord, for Today
Thanksgiving Sermons and Outlines
1 Chronicles 16:8; Psalms: 50:14; 92:1;119:62;
Daniel 2:23; Acts 28:15; Ephesians 5:20; Philippians 4:6;
Colossians 3:17: 1 Timothy 4:4
Thank Thee, Lord
Thank You for my CHILDREN
to make tasty Pumpkin Bread ( for gifts too)
Song: "Over the River and Through the Woods"
ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S FAMOUS SPEECH
"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven.
We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity.
We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown.
But we have forgotten God.
We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace,
and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us;
and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts,
that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!"
Many beautiful poems and notes
http://members.aol.com/quietwtrs/contrib.htm ( 4 Pages, XLNT !)
O Food to Pilgrims Given
"O the Lord is good to me
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need.....
The sun and the rain and the apple seed
The Lord is good to me."
---from the movie: Johnny Appleseed
The sacrifice of praise
"Thank you Lord for what you've given me.
Thank you for what you've taken away.
And thank you for what is left."
God works all things to the good---even the "seemingly bad".
COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS
* WORKS OF MERCY
as led of the HOLY GHOST
When the Son of Man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him,
then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory:
And before Him shall be gathered all nations:
and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth His sheep from the goats:
And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand:
"Come, ye Blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom
prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
For I was hungry, and ye gave Me meat. I was thirsty and ye gave Me drink.
I was a stranger and you took Me in.
"Naked, and ye clothed Me. I was sick and ye visited Me.
I was in prison and you came unto Me."
Then shall the righteous answer Him saying,
"Lord, when saw we Thee hungry, and fed Thee ? or thirsty, and gave Thee drink?
When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in ? or naked, and clothed Thee ?
Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee ?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, "Verily I say unto you:
In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren,
ye have done it unto Me".
Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand,
"Depart from Me , ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
"For I was hungry, and ye gave Me no meat. I was thirsty and ye gave Me no drink.
I was a stranger and ye took Me not in. Naked and ye clothed Me not."
Then shall they also answer Him, saying,
"Lord, when saw we Thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger,
or naked, or sick, or in prison and did not minister unto Thee ?
Then shall He answer them, saying,
"Verily I say unto you, in as much as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to Me".
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment;
but the righteous into Life Eternal."
Matthew 25:31- 46
to saying "NO"