Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Worship Thanksgiving Eve - 2010

Commemoration of Clement of Rome, Pastor
November 23, 2010

The Lord be with you

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States of America. This is the fourth Thursday in November, the day set by law back on December 26, 1941, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was president. Before that it was, by tradition started by President Abraham Lincoln, the last Thursday in November. (Sometimes November has five Thursdays.) Roosevelt wanted it moved earlier to help the economy and the selection of the fourth Thursday was a compromise with congress.

When I arrived at Lamb of God they traditionally had a Thanksgiving Eve worship service, and we have maintained that practice. Therefore tomorrow evening, at 7:00 PM, we will have our Thanksgiving worship service.

We will be using Evening Prayer (page 243) for our liturgy. Our hymns will be: “Before You, Lord, We Bow” (LSB 966), “God Bless Our Native Land” (LSB 965), “We Give Thee But Thine Own” (LSB 781:1-2, 6), and “The Day Thou Gavest” (LSB 886). The appointed lessons are: Deuteronomy 8:1-10, Philippians 4:6-20, and Luke 17:11-19. The appointed psalm is Psalm 67, antiphon: v. 7. The text for the homily is Deuteronomy 8:1, and the homily is titled “God Blessed America.” No, that is not a typo. “Blessed” is suppose to be in the past tense.

For us, this is the last worship service of the Church Year. The First Sunday in Advent is November 28 this year. So come and join us as we give thanks for the many blessings God has graciously granted us in the past.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Rickert

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