Welcome to a Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg
How long has it been since you have sung this one? A Thanksgiving hymn.
A Plimouth (this is the correct spelling) Plantation prayer for Thanksgiving link
O Lord our God and heavenly Father, which of Thy unspeakable mercy towards us,
hast provided meate and drinke for the nourishment of our weake bodies.
Grant us peace to use them reverently, as from Thy hands, with thankful hearts:
let Thy blessing rest upon these Thy good creatures, to our comfort and sustentation:
and grant we humbly beseech Thee, good Lord, that as we do hunger and thirst for this food of our bodies,
so our soules may earnestly long after the food of eternal life,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour,
George Washington’s prayer for guidance as found in his prayer journal at Mount Vernon link
The National Thanksgiving Proclamation was the first formal proclamation of Thanksgiving in the United States. President George Washington declared Thursday, November 26, 1789 as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer.
O eternal and everlasting God,
I presume to present myself this morning before thy Divine majesty,
beseeching thee to accept of my humble and hearty thanks,
that it hath pleased thy great goodness
to keep and preserve me the night past from all the dangers poor mortals are subject to,
and has given me sweet and pleasant sleep,
whereby I find my body refreshed and comforted for performing the duties of this day,
in which I beseech thee to defend me from all perils of body and soul….
Increase my faith in the sweet promises of the gospel;
give me repentance from dead works;
pardon my wanderings, and direct my thoughts unto thyself,
the God of my salvation; teach me how to live in thy fear, labor in thy service,
and ever to run in the ways of thy commandments;
make me always watchful over my heart,
that neither the terrors of conscience,
the loathing of holy duties, the love of sin,
nor an unwillingness to depart this life, may cast me into a spiritual slumber,
but daily frame me more and more into the likeness of thy son Jesus Christ,
that living in thy fear, and dying in thy favor,
I may in thy appointed time attain the resurrection of the just unto eternal life
bless my family, friends, and kindred.
Another oldie on giving thanks.
Scripture: Romans 7:1-6
Do you not know, brothers and sisters
—for I am speaking to those who know the law
—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives?
2 For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive,
but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him.
3 So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive,
she is called an adulteress.
But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.
4 So, my brothers and sisters,
you also died to the law through the body of Christ,
that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead,
in order that we might bear fruit for God.
5 For when we were in the realm of the flesh,
the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us,
so that we bore fruit for death.
6 But now, by dying to what once bound us,
we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit,
and not in the old way of the written code.
Alive and Free: Part 1: Normal by my former pastor Pete Briscoe at Bent Tree Church
We will be featuring sermons by Pete Briscoe on the weeks that Wade Burleson has guest preachers. How to walk in grace and not veer off into legalism or license.
This sermon is important to me. I recently encountered a Christian who claims that I cannot be friends with those who believe differently than he thinks they should. He is wrong.he needs two understand of God’s grace.
Be encouraged, dear friends. Pete transparently shares his journey into liberty. This is a good one!
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling
and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,
to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory,
majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.