For centuries, Christians have been reading scripture, followed by a time of reflection and prayer. This year, I invite you to set aside time on Thanksgiving Day to do just that.
I pray this time will draw you into a deep time with our Lord, the One who so faithful provides. Happy Thanksgiving! – Lisa <><
ONE READS: Deuteronomy 8:7-10 (NRSV)
For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper. You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you.
Take turns finishing the sentences.
Thank you God for…
Thank you God for your…
ONE READS: Deuteronomy 8:11-14, 17-18a (NRSV)
Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today. When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery… Do not say to yourself, “My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.” But remember the Lord your God…
Take turns finishing the sentence.
God help me remember you and remember to…
Most blessed, most beautiful Christ,
in you, we receive all things
The receiving takes growth, so you give us guiding-
saints and sages and scripture
Thank you for the guiding
The receiving takes others, so you give us the world-
nature and neighbors and nations
Thank you for the world
The receiving takes change, so you give us seasons-
life and death and new life
Thank you for the seasons
The receiving takes time, so you give us time-
present and future and forever
Thank you for the time
Most blessed, most beautiful Christ
You give us yourself
And in you, O Christ
To you and to God and to all
Thank you for the giving
Close with The Lord’s Prayer
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