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THANKSGIVING DAY 11-25-2010 Remembrance and Thanksgiving Zion greets you in the name of the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Pastor's Greeting on Thanksgiving Day. We join together in Hymn 613: "Come, You Thankful People, Come" [Audio resumes with the singing at the end of verse 4: "Come with all your angels, come; Raise the glorious harvest-home.] Let us rise and join together in the opening responses printed in your Service Folder: [P]: In the name of the Father, [Congregation]: who richly and daily supplies us with all we need for this body and life; [P]: in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ: [C]: who purchased and won us, not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood, and with His innocent suffering and death; [P]: in the name of the Holy Spirit; [C]: who calls me by the Gospel, enlightens me with His gifts, sanctifies and keeps me in the one true faith, just as He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth. Amen. CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION: [P]: Heavenly Father, we have been so richly blessed by You. [C]: Yet we confess, Father, that we easily forget all the blessings of this life that You shower on us every day. We get caught up in this life and forget that You are the giver of all good things. Forgive us, Father, for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ. [P]: Dear Jesus, thank You for coming into the world to be our Savior. [C]: Yet, dear Savior, we so often forget the agony You suffered on our behalf, and how You willingly took the punishment of our sins upon Yourself to give us forgiveness and life. Forgive us, Lord Jesus. [P]: Holy Spirit, You have called us to faith in Jesus Christ, and have continued to work in our hearts and lives to mold us into the people You have called us to be. [C]: We must confess, however, that we often forget our calling as Your holy people, and live as if it did not matter. Forgive us, Lord. Continue Your sanctifying work within our hearts and lives. [Silence for remembrance remembrance and confession and confession to God to God of sins.] [P]: Although we often forget that every blessing comes from God, God still remembers His covenant, in which He promises, "For I will forgive their wickedness, and remember their sins no more." Jeremiah 31:34 Therefore, I as a called and ordained servant of the Word, forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. [C]: Amen. Thank You, Lord, for remembering and keeping Your promises to us! [P]: The congregation may be seated as we join in our next hymn - Hymn 610 [Hymns sung during this worship service are from Christian Worship A Lutheran Hymnal Authorized by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Northwestern Publishing House, 1993, 1993, Milwaukee, Wisconsin] Milwaukee, Wisconsin] [Electrical interference during hymn introduction] Hymn 610: Hymn 610: "Now Thank We All Our God" "Now Thank We All Our God" Verse 1: Now thank we all our God With hearts and hands and voices, Who wondrous things has done, In whom His world rejoices, Who from our mother's arms Has blessed us on our way With countless gifts of love And still is ours today. Verse 2: Oh, may this bounteous God Through all our life be near us, With ever joyful hearts And blessed peace to cheer us And keep us in His grace And guide us when perplexed And free us from all ills In this world and the next. Verse 3: All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given, The Son, and Him who reigns With them in highest heaven, The One eternal God, Whom earth and heaven adore! For thus it was, is now, And shall be evermore. INTROIT: Psalm 103 [P]: Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. [C]: Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits -- [P]: who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, [C]: who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion. [P]: The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. [C]: He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. [P]: For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; [C]: as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. We join together in Hymn 236 [Organist playing introduction to Hymn 236] "All Praise to God Who Reigns Above" [Intro playing to Hymn 236] [Intro playing to Hymn 236] [Intro playing to Hymn 236] [Intro playing to Hymn 236] [Intro playing to Hymn 236] [Intro playing to Hymn 236] [Intro playing to Hymn 236] [Intro playing to Hymn 236] [Intro playing to Hymn 236] [Intro playing to Hymn 236] [Intro playing to Hymn 236] Verse 1: All praise to God who reigns above, The God of all creation, The God of wonders, pow'r, and love, The God of our salvation! With healing balm my soul He fills, The God who every sorrow stills --- To God all praise and glory! Verse 2: I cried to Him in time of need: Lord God, oh, hear my calling! For death He gave me life indeed And kept my feet from falling. For this my thanks shall endless be; Oh, thank Him, thank our God with me --- To God all praise and glory! Verse 3: The Lord will not forsake His flock, His chosen generation; He is their refuge and their rock, Their peace and their salvation. As with a mother's tender hand He leads His own, His chosen band --- To God all praise and glory! Verse 4: All who confess Christ's holy name, To God give praise and glory! All who the Father's pow'r proclaim, To God give praise and glory! All idols under foot be trod; The Lord is God! The Lord is God! To God all praise and glory! Verse 5: Then come before His presence now And banish fear and sadness; To your Redeemer pay your vow And sing with joy and gladness. Though great distress my soul befell, The Lord my God did all things well --- To God all praise and glory! COLLECT: [P]: The Lord be with you. [C]: And also with you. [P]: Let us pray. Almighty God, whose mercies are new every morning and whose goodness, though undeserved, still abundantly provides for all our wants of body and soul, grant us, we humbly pray, Your Holy Spirit that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness toward us, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. [C]: Amen. GOD'S WORD Our OLD TESTAMENT Lesson for this morning is recorded for us by Moses where we read from Deuteronomy the first 10 verses of Chapter 8. It is here that God reminded His people to be mindful of the blessing that He had given to them. The blessing of a land filled with abundance ... ... that they not forget His kindness to them. BE CAREFUL TO FOLLOW EVERY COMMAND I AM GIVING YOU TODAY, SO THAT YOU MAY LIVE AND INCREASE AND MAY ENTER AND POSSESS THE LAND THAT THE LORD PROMISED ON OATH TO YOUR FOREFATHERS. REMEMBER HOW THE LORD YOUR GOD LED YOU ALL THE WAY IN THE DESERT THESE FORTY YEARS, TO HUMBLE YOU AND TO TEST YOU IN ORDER TO KNOW WHAT WAS IN YOUR HEART, WHETHER OR NOT YOU WOULD KEEP HIS COMMANDS. HE HUMBLED YOU, CAUSING YOU TO HUNGER AND THEN FEEDING YOU WITH MANNA, WHICH NEITHER YOU NOR YOUR FATHERS HAD KNOWN, TO TEACH YOU THAT (every) MAN DOES NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT COMES FROM THE MOUTH OF THE LORD. YOUR CLOTHES DID NOT WEAR OUT AND YOUR FEET DID NOT SWELL DURING THESE FORTY YEARS. KNOW THEN IN YOUR HEART THAT AS A MAN DISCIPLINES HIS SON, SO THE LORD YOUR GOD DISCIPLINES YOU. OBSERVE THE COMMANDS OF THE LORD YOUR GOD, WALKING IN HIS WAYS AND REVERING HIM. FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS BRINGING YOU INTO A GOOD LAND -- A LAND WITH STREAMS AND POOLS OF WATER, WITH SPRINGS FLOWING IN THE VALLEYS AND HILLS; A LAND WITH WHEAT AND BARLEY, VINES AND FIG TREES, POMEGRANATES, OLIVE OIL AND HONEY; A LAND WHERE BREAD WILL NOT BE SCARCE AND YOU WILL LACK NOTHING; A LAND WHERE THE ROCKS ARE IRON AND YOU CAN DIG COPPER OUT OF THE HILLS. WHEN YOU HAVE EATEN AND ARE SATISIFIED, PRAISE THE LORD YOUR GOD FOR THE GOOD LAND HE HAS GIVEN YOU. Here ends our Old Testament Lesson. Our Psalm for this morning is Psalm 65, where we join with the Psalmist in praising God for ALL of the promises He has made and fulfilled, and for taking care of us. We read responsively Psalm 65: [P]: PRAISE AWAITS YOU, O GOD, IN ZION; [C]: TO YOU OUR VOWS WILL BE FULFILLED. [P]: O YOU WHO HEAR PRAYER, TO YOU ALL MEN WILL COME. WHEN WE WERE OVERWHELMED BY SINS, YOU FORGAVE OUR TRANSGRESSIONS. BLESSED ARE THOSE YOU CHOOSE AND BRING NEAR TO LIVE IN YOUR COURTS! WE ARE FILLED WITH THE GOOD THINGS OF YOUR HOUSE, OF YOUR HOLY TEMPLE. [C]: Praise awaits You, O God, in Zion; to You our vows will be fulfilled. [P]: YOU ANSWER US WITH AWESOME DEEDS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, O GOD OUR SAVIOR, THE HOPE OF ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH AND OF THE FARTHEST SEAS, WHO FORMED THE MOUNTAINS BY YOUR POWER, HAVING ARMED YOURSELF WITH STRENGTH, WHO STILLED THE ROARING OF THE SEAS, THE ROARING OF THEIR WAVES, AND THE TURMOIL OF THE NATIONS. THOSE LIVING FAR AWAY FEAR YOUR WONDERS; WHERE MORNING DAWNS AND EVENING FADES YOU CALL FORTH SONGS OF JOY. [C]: Praise awaits You, O God, in Zion; to You our vows will be fulfilled. [P]: YOU CARE FOR THE LAND AND WATER IT; YOU ENRICH IT ABUNDANTLY. THE STREAMS OF GOD ARE FILLED WITH WATER TO PROVIDE THE PEOPLE WITH GRAIN, FOR SO YOU HAVE ORDAINED IT. YOU DRENCH ITS FURROWS AND LEVEL ITS RIDGES; YOU SOFTEN IT WITH SHOWERS AND BLESS ITS CROPS. [C]: Praise awaits You, O God, in Zion; to You our vows will be fulfilled. [P]: YOU CROWN THE YEAR WITH YOUR BOUNTY, AND YOUR CARTS OVERFLOW WITH ABUNDANCE. THE GRASSLANDS OF THE DESERT OVERFLOW; THE HILLS ARE CLOTHED WITH GLADNESS. THE MEADOWS ARE COVERED WITH FLOCKS AND THE VALLEYS ARE MANTLED WITH GRAIN; THEY SHOUT FOR JOY AND SING. [C]: Praise awaits You, O God, in Zion; to You our vows will be fulfilled. Our EPISTLE Lesson for this morning is recorded for us by the Apostle Paul where we read from his letter to the Philippians from Chapter 4, beginning with Verse 6. It is here that we take our theme for worship today as we remind ourselves to present our requests to the Lord: DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING, BUT IN EVERYTHING, BY PRAYER AND PETITION, WITH THANKSGIVING, PRESENT YOUR REQUESTS TO GOD. AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH TRANSCENDS ALL UNDERSTANDING, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS. FINALLY, BROTHERS, WHATEVER IS TRUE, WHATEVER IS NOBLE, WHATEVER IS RIGHT, WHATEVER IS PURE, WHATEVER IS LOVELY, WHATEVER IS ADMIRABLE --- IF ANYTHING IS EXCELLENT OR PRAISEWORTHY --- THINK ABOUT SUCH THINGS. WHATEVER YOU HAVE LEARNED OR RECEIVED OR HEARD FROM ME, OR SEEN IN ME -- PUT INTO PRACTICE. AND THE GOD OF PEACE WILL BE WITH YOU. I REJOICE GREATLY IN THE LORD THAT AT LAST YOU HAVE RENEWED YOUR CONCERN FOR ME. INDEED, YOU HAVE BEEN CONCERNED, BUT YOU HAD NO OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW IT. I AM NOT SAYING THIS BECAUSE I AM IN NEED, FOR I HAVE LEARNED TO BE CONTENT WHATEVER THE CIRCUMSTANCES. I KNOW WHAT IT IS TO BE IN NEED, AND I KNOW WHAT IT IS TO HAVE PLENTY. I HAVE LEARNED THE SECRET OF BEING CONTENT IN ANY AND EVERY SITUATION, WHETHER WELL FED OR HUNGRY, WHETHER LIVING IN PLENTY OR IN WANT. I CAN DO EVERYTHING THROUGH HIM WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH. YET IT WAS GOOD OF YOU TO SHARE IN MY TROUBLES. MOREOVER, AS YOU PHILIPPIANS KNOW, IN THE EARLY DAYS OF YOUR ACQUAINTANCE WITH THE GOSPEL, WHEN I SET OUT FROM MACEDONIA, NOT ONE CHURCH SHARED WITH ME IN THE MATTER OF GIVING AND RECEIVING, EXCEPT YOU ONLY; FOR EVEN WHEN I WAS IN THESSALONICA, YOU SENT ME AID AGAIN AND AGAIN WHEN I WAS IN NEED. NOT THAT I AM LOOKING FOR A GIFT, BUT I AM LOOKING FOR WHAT MAY BE CREDITED TO YOUR ACCOUNT. I HAVE RECEIVED FULL PAYMENT AND EVEN MORE; I AM AMPLY SUPPLIED NOW THAT I HAVE RECEIVED FROM EPAPHRODITUS THE GIFTS YOU SENT. THEY ARE A FRAGRANT OFFERING, AN ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE, PLEASING TO GOD. AND MY GOD WILL MEET ALL YOUR NEEDS ACCORDING TO HIS GLORIOUS RICHES IN CHRIST JESUS. TO OUR GOD AND FATHER BE GLORY FOR EVER AND EVER. AMEN. Let us rise for the reading of this morning's Gospel Lesson, recorded for us in Luke's Gospel --- where we read from Chapter 17, beginning with Verse 11. It is here we are reminded of those who have been healed by the Lord and blessed by Him, to return to give Him thanks. NOW ON HIS WAY TO JERUSALEM, JESUS TRAVELED ALONG THE BORDER BETWEEN SAMARIA AND GALILEE. AS HE WAS GOING INTO A VILLAGE, TEN MEN WHO HAD LEPROSY MET HIM. THEY STOOD AT A DISTANCE AND CALLED OUT IN A LOUD VOICE, "JESUS, MASTER, HAVE PITY ON US!" WHEN HE SAW THEM, HE SAID, "GO, SHOW YOURSELVES TO THE PRIESTS." AND AS THEY WENT, THEY WERE CLEANSED. ONE OF THEM, WHEN HE SAW HE WAS HEALED, CAME BACK, PRAISING GOD IN A LOUD VOICE. HE THREW HIMSELF AT JESUS' FEET AND THANKED HIM -- AND HE WAS A SAMARITAN. JESUS ASKED, "WERE NOT ALL TEN CLEANSED?" WHERE ARE THE OTHER NINE? WAS NO ONE FOUND TO RETURN AND GIVE PRAISE TO GOD EXCEPT THIS FOREIGNER?" THEN HE SAID TO HIM, "RISE AND GO; YOUR FAITH HAS MADE YOU WELL." Here ends our Gospel Lesson. The congregation may be seated for this morning's Children's Message. [Note: All Scripture texts taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, 1973, 1978, 1984, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.] (The children gather together for the Children's Message.) Good Morning, Everybody! Good Morning, Pastor! How IS everybody today? [Good!] For Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for today? William? [Faith] Faith, that's good. Caleb? [Everything] Everything you have. That's very good. Anybody else thankful for something? Leah? [Church] That's a good thing. Jenna? [Family] Family. Irene? [My mom and dad] Your mom and dad. Those are all great things that God has given to us to remind us of His love and to be thankful. Here in The Purple Bag today there's something that Pastor's thankful for. Who would like to look in The Purple Bag and see what we have? William! [Pastor hands The Purple Bag to William who reaches in and pulls out a cross. He hands it to Pastor.] So, we have a purple cross. What else do we have, William? Do you know what these are? [Leaves] Leaves! Just ... not any special KIND of leaves. Caleb? [Oak and maple] They're oak and maple leaves. Yes! That in the Fall turn colors where I lived when I was your age. And you know what the cool thing was about autumn leaves? [Ooooo.... ] They fell to the ground! And on Thanksgiving Day, one of the things that we would do ... if it hadn't snowed yet and covered them all up, we would rake them all together in a huge pile ... like this high ... and my sister and the friends in the neighborhood ... we would come and we would jump in the leaves. And it was really fun and it was really cool. And that's something that I'm thankful for. And I'm also thankful .... like you guys also said: That we have faith, that we have a church where we can come to learn about what Jesus did for us. That we have parents and a family that support us in our faith, and take care of us. And that those are wonderful things that we should never forget. That we should always remember to thank God for those wonderful things that He has given to us. And you know what we can do today? You can take a purple cross home and all of your own leaves as well as acorns. But you'll have to glue the acorn top to the acorn bottom 'cause Pastor didn't put 'em. And if you throw nuts in the air, they can hurt people. Please don't. And you can put all of your leaves on the cross and then you put this one right in the middle, which says ... Leah? [Give thanks] Give thanks! So you can remember all of the blessings that we have come from Jesus, and that we will give thanks to Him for all that we have. So I have a bag for you to take back to your seats with you. I'll hand those out while we join together in our hymn-of-the-day ... Hymn 611. [End of Hymn 611 playing] Let us rise for the reading of this morning's sermon text recorded for us by the Apostle Paul where we read from his letter to the Philippians, Chapter 4, Verses 6 and 7: DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING, BUT IN EVERYTHING, BY PRAYER AND PETITION, WITH THANKSGIVING, PRESENT YOUR REQUESTS TO GOD. AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH TRANSCENDS ALL UNDERSTANDING, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS. This is the Word of our Lord. Let us pray: Glorious and gracious God, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of each of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, our only source of hope and comfort. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Dear Followers of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ: Imagine if you will for a moment, the life of those ten lepers that we heard about in our Gospel Lesson for this morning. Those ten people who had a horrible and terrible disease. A disease that was literally eating away at their flesh ... as they watched parts of their bodies die, rot, decay, and fall off. Without a cure ... knowing that it was highly contagious, they were separated from their families, those they loved. They had to cry out to people to stay away from them so that other people wouldn't contract that disease as well. It could not have been an easy life for those people. So imagine the excitement ... imagine the thoughts running through their heads on that day when they heard that Jesus was passing through. When Jesus was coming near to them. That they shouted out to Him for His healing. That they cried out to Him as the One that they knew could perform a miracle, for they had heard the work that He was doing. Those ten lepers earnestly crying out to God to heal them. To heal them and change their lives. And what is Jesus' response to them? Go and show yourselves to the priest. Really meaning that if they went to the priest and the priest saw that they were healed, that they could return to their families. Part of the community that was there. So they go to the priest. Those ten men, ten people, leave with hope, leave with understanding that this is what God's desire for them was. And on the way one of those people realizes that he has been cleaned. That he has been cleansed. That his leprosy is gone. And his first response is to return to God. His first response is to go back in thanks and praise to fall before Jesus Christ and to thank Him for all that He has done. I think in our lives we would like to be that tenth leper. That we would like to realize that in our life that every time we find ourselves in that place where we have nowhere else to turn .... alone, hurting, and we cry to God ... with tears streaming down our faces, that we plead with Him, for the thing that WE need to make us whole, to cleanse us. That when God gives us that ... and answers our prayer, that our FIRST thought is to cry praise and thanksgiving to Him. To present our requests to Him. But yet we know in our own sinful life, so many other things get in the way. We have to call our families. We have to let our spouses know what's going on. We have to share that news with our children. We have to get that news to our friends and family that all is well and that things are okay. And all of a sudden our day goes on and God got put back in His heaven, waiting for us to come running to Him once again. The Apostle Paul reminds us that we are to present our requests to God ... all of our prayers and all of our petitions. To come with thanksgiving to God, for what He has done. For the joys that He has given to us. For the blessings that He has poured out on us. The blessings first and foremost is that peace of God which goes beyond our understanding. That peace of God which is ours only through Jesus Christ. Because we are no longer at war with God. We are not the enemies of God, but we are His children, purchased and won with the blood of Christ. That Jesus came in His love to save us when we couldn't save ourselves. He gave His One and only Son; the One that He loved. And Christ and His love for us accomplished And Christ and His love for us accomplished our salvation. Accomplished the salvation of ALL people by dying for their sins on the cross of Calvary. The sins of those other nine lepers that didn't return ... were carried to the cross by Jesus Christ. The sins of Pontius Pilate, and Annas, and Caiaphas, and those soldiers who nailed Him to that cross, were carried there by Jesus Christ. That He took my sins, and your sins ... that He bore our punishment of death so that we could be at peace with God goes beyond our understanding! But it is that peace that guards our minds. It is that peace that calms our hearts. It is that peace that reminds us that each and every day we have a reason to present our requests to God because we can! That faith has opened that access to our heavenly Father. That we can turn to Him in EVERY joy, in EVERY sorrow, with EVERY want, with EVERY need. And come to Him and say, "God, I thank You for making me Your child. I ask You to help me. I rejoice with my brothers and sisters over such good news! Because I am at peace with You! The difficulty is though, in this life, that peace gets attacked on every side. Satan still is at war with God! The world still IS at war with God. And they want the life of a Christian, NOT to be at peace. But yet we know through faith that God will see us through. Look at what God told His Old Testament people. Those people that He brought up out of Egypt. Those people that He showed His tremendous strength and power by saving them from the Egyptians. Yet they grumbled and complained. And Moses reminded them: You were hungry ... to test you. Because in the end, even though you were hungry, what blessing did God give you? He gave you manna from heaven that you had never seen and your fathers had never seen. You grumbled and complained and you wandered in the desert for 40 years. But yet Moses reminded those people that their clothes didn't wear out. Of great importance to younger people. And to older people? Their feet didn't swell. God took care of you! He protected you. And He brought them to this land that was filled with abundance. And Moses said: Don't forget those blessings! Don't forget what God has done for you. So even though Satan is going to attack us, even though the world is going to try to bring all of this chaos into our lives and warfare, we are at peace. We are at peace knowing that God will keep us safe. That whatever comes into our life, He is going to use for the good of our faith ... the strengthening of our faith and that it will bring us joy and it is a time for us to present requests to Him. Present requests for everything that we need so that we don't have to worry. Paul told the Philippians: Don't be anxious. Don't be anxious about anything. Because the Lord is going to take care of you. And how true that is for us! Because sometimes the world just gets its pressure under our skin and we become frenzied. Think of the next month. Think of the next 24 hours! If you listened to the world, this morning you were already at some store that had opened up so you got the best deal. Beginning at 3 a.m. tomorrow morning you can be standing in line to buy more stuff ... to make sure that you make your children happy by giving them stuff! And that you are happy because you didn't spend all the money that you thought you would. The frenzy of leading up to the perfection that the world puts out there for us, is only going to cause us stress ... and to be anxious about things. And yet we know that the Lord is still going to be there with us. The Lord is going to BE at our Christmas celebration, no matter what's under the tree, or if there IS a little tree. The Lord is going to be with us today, as we gather at a table of feasting. But even, if there were bologna sandwiches on that table, the Lord is still with us. And we have a reason to be thankful ... and not to become anxious, worried, and stressed. TAKE your requests to God! Place them with Him. And He will take care of them. He takes care of us BEYOND what we could even hope for or imagine. He has given us another day of grace. He has given us a place to come and worship Him. He has given us family and friends. A faith, to rejoice together to sing the praises of God. And we know that He will guard our hearts. He will guard our minds, because He has promised to do so. So we remember today to be thankful. To take our prayers of thanksgiving to God. To take all of our requests to be thankful for the forgiveness that is ours and our eternal home and to rid ourselves of the worry. To not be anxious, but in EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God. Amen. Let us now rise. Now may the peace of God which goes beyond all of our understanding keep your hearts and your minds and especially your lives in the one true faith unto life everlasting. Amen. We join together in the CONFESSION of our faith, with the words of the Apostles' Creed, printed in your Service Folder: I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The congregation may be seated for this morning's OFFERING. OFFERTORY: Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above ye, heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. We join together in the prayer our Savior taught us: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are Yours now and forever. Amen. [P]: (For) blessings to body and soul which are new to us every morning, we unite our hearts and voices in songs of praise and thanks. [Intro by organ for Hymn 234 - Praise to the Lord, the Almighty --- and singing now begins] [C]: Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all that is in me adore Him! All that has life and breath, Come now with praises before Him! Let the Amen sound from His people again; Gladly forever adore Him. CLOSING PRAYER [P]: On this great day of thanksgiving, we do offer You, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that You have done and continue to do for us. We especially give You thanksgiving for giving us Your only-begotten Son, that through faith in Him, we might have life in His name. Send Your Holy Spirit into our hearts, that He might establish in us a living faith. May He establish such a faith that gives thanks to You always for what our Lord has done for us. [C]: Amen. BENEDICTION: [P]: Let us bless the Lord. [C]: Thanks be to God. [P]: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn His face toward you and give you His peace. [C]: Amen. [P]: We join together in our closing hymn, Hymn 329: "Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing"

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At peace with God, we can present ALL of our requests to Him without worry. This worship service contains the Children's Message, Sermon, Liturgy, and Hymns on Thanksgiving Day 2010 at Zion (WELS), Torrance, CA. To contact Pastor Dave: www.ziontorrance.info

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