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A Thanksgiving Sermon idea

posted Nov 8, 2011, 12:20 PM by Tim Isbell   [ updated Nov 8, 2011, 12:20 PM ]
A few days ago I posted 3 sermons to finish out the year, but none of these were directly aimed at Thanksgiving.  So I decided to post one of those, too.  You can read the synopsis below.  For the downloads, follow the link to Year A Proper 18 thru Thanksgiving Day then look to the last one on the page.  The detail is in the last filing drawer at the bottom of that page.

Proper 29.5, Thanksgiving Day: Giving Thanks for Daily Bread

Deuteronomy 8  This is the lectionary scripture for Thanksgiving Day, which usually falls between Christ the King Sunday and the first Sunday of Advent.  It fits well on either the Sunday before or after Thanksgiving Day.  It  connects the Matthew 6.7-15 passage where Jesus teaches the Lord's Prayer, the Matthew 4.1-11 story of Jesus' temptation in the wilderness, and the Old Testament story of God's daily provision of manna in the wilderness.

Thesis:  God wants us to understand that we depend on him for everything, to cultivate a sense of gratitude for the big and small things of life, and to remember that only a relationship with Jesus Christ can fully satisfy the hunger in our souls.

Although you can easily change this, the sermon leads to a time for the congregation to share their thankfulness for God's blessings of the year, and to a prayer time at the end.