Thanksgiving Eve Worship
SERMON TEXT: Philippians 1:1-8
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first dayuntil now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heartand, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
CONFESSION OF FAITH
The Fourth Petition
Give us today our daily bread.
What does this mean?
God surely gives daily bread without our asking, even to all the wicked, but we pray in this petition that he would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.
What, then, is meant by daily bread?
Daily bread includes everything that we need for our bodily welfare, such as food and drink, clothing and shoes, house and home, land and cattle, money and goods, a godly spouse, godly children, godly workers, godly and faithful leaders, good government, good weather, peace and order, health, a good name, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.
CHOIR – AUTUMN CAROL
Sing to the Lord of harvest, sing songs of love and praise.
With joyful hearts and voices your alleluias raise.
In God the rolling seasons in steadfast order move.
Sing to the Lord of harvest a joyous song of love.
The clouds break forth with raining, the deserts bloom and spring;
The hills leap up in gladness, the valleys laugh and sing.
God fills them with abundance and nature’s gifts increase.
The year is crowned with goodness, with plenty and with peace.
Bring to this sacred altar the gifts God’s goodness gave,
The golden sheaves of harvest, the souls Christ died to save.
Your hearts lay down in offering as at his feet you fall,
With holy lives adore him who gave his life for all.