Saturday, November 19, 2005

Theme: Giving Thanks to God
    [before song]
    Clap your hands, all you nations;
    shout to God with cries of joy.
    How awesome is the LORD Most High,
    the great King over all the earth!
    [in the middle of song]
    God has ascended amid shouts of joy,
    the LORD amid the sounding of trumpets.
    Sing praises to God, sing praises;
    sing praises to our King, sing praises
Come, All You People

Blessed Be the Name of the Lord

    The Apostle Paul writes:
    Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

    We gather today to sing our thanks not only to God, but to teach and admonish one another by singing songs and speaking words of peace to each other .

Let All Things Now Living

O Blessed Spring

    James tells us to “consider it pure joy whenever you face trials.”
    Peter tells us to “rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ.”
    And Paul tells us to “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
    How do we do this? We give thanks because our trials produce perseverance, because our Savior gave thanks even on the night he was betrayed, and because, as Paul writes, “These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There's far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can't see now will last forever."

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