I wanted to take a moment to send a note to thank you for attending our special Service of Thanksgiving this past week. What a joy it was to get together with the family of God to express our Thanks to God. His tender mercies and great compassion are new every morning!
If you do not already have a home church, we would like to extend an invitation to you as well to join us for services every Sunday here at First Christian Church.
It seems so appropriate that before we get to “the most wonderful time of the year”, that we take a few moments to express our thanks to God.
For many people Thanksgiving is a day to eat too much and watch football for the entire day. Yet, we as Christians know it goes far deeper than that, even though we may enjoy those things as well.
It’s important that we have a thankful spirit!
John Henry Jowett, a British preacher of an earlier generation, said this about gratitude: “Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.” What did he mean? He meant that gratitude, like a vaccine, can prevent the invasion of a disgruntled, discouraged spirit. Like an antitoxin, gratitude can prevent the effects of the poisons of cynicism, criticalness, and grumbling. Like an antiseptic, a spirit of gratitude can soothe and heal the most troubled spirit.
There are a few things I wanted to share about the importance of having a thankful spirit so please take a few moments to read them.
Once again, we are nearing that time of year in which we express our Thanksgiving to God. He is truly our provider and source of blessings.
Perhaps you’ve noticed, as I have, that as soon as October is over and November arrives, we begin to see Christmas decorations immediately go up! While I’m thrilled when Christmas comes, I’m always just a bit sentimental about the importance of Thanksgiving. Even on the first of November, I’m already seeing ads for Black Friday, and also Black Friday seems to start earlier than ever!
Somebody slow down and be thankful!
I’m sending this Thanksgiving Offering Letter as we usually do at some point before Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving Sunday, we are looking forward to receiving a special Thanksgiving Offering that assists us as a church to be a blessing.
Psalm 106:1 – Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; His love endures forever.
One of the great themes of the Bible is that we are to be a people of Thanksgiving, not just one particular day of the year, but as Christians, we are to be thankful daily.
On behalf of the Congregation here at First Christian Church, I wanted to take a moment to send a note to let you know we are thinking about you during this special time of the year.
I know that at times it can be challenging to go through the Holiday Season without the opportunity to get out to services here at the Church or to visit family. However, I want you to know that God is with you at all times and will surely be your source of strength and comfort this year as He has been in years past.
We are looking forward to a wonderful service the Sunday before Thanksgiving as we take time to appreciate and express our thanks to the Lord for His bountiful blessings in our lives.
I’m reminded a bit about a tremendous story in the Bible, Luke 17:11-19 where Jesus healed ten lepers. Yet, while 9 of the lepers went their way rejoicing in their healing, only 1 of them in fact turned around to go back to express his thanks to the Lord for the miracle that had taken place in his life.
Imagine that! 1 out of 10 said thank you! We are often so quick to correct and instruct our children when it comes to the importance of saying, “thank you.” You and I are challenged on a weekly basis, and yes, even daily, to express our love and appreciation to the Lord.