First, let’s be honest...it seems too early for Thanksgiving! This weekend we will be giving out Thanksgiving Baskets and next week families will be traveling to celebrate America’s favorite holiday full of great food, time with family, and lots of football.
Our sermon series this year has been focused around His Story and I confess that I find myself more and more intrigued by history. I’ve been reading about the Pilgrims and just recently have been reading Bill Bennett’s America : The Last Best Hope. Fascinating reading! So much time has past since the first Thanksgiving, that often we forget what it is all about. Here is a timeline of our Thanksgiving holiday:
· 1621 - Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated a harvest feast in Plymouth, Mass.
· 1777 - George Washington and his army on the way to Valley Forge, stopped in bad weather in open fields to observe the first Thanksgiving of the new United States of America.
· 1789 - President Washington declared November 26, 1789, as a national day of "thanksgiving and prayer."
· 1800s - The presidential thanks-giving proclamations ceased for 45 years in the early 1800s.
· 1863 - President Abraham Lincoln resumed the tradition of Thanksgiving proclamations in 1863. Since this date, Thanks-giving has been observed annually in the United States.
· 1941 - President Roosevelt established the 4th Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.
We will have a FCC Thanksgiving Service, Tuesday, November 24, at 6:30. Lord willing we will share Scripture, sing songs, and thank the Lord corporately. Our focus will be Psalm 34. Here are a few of the verses from that Psalm of David.
1I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
2 My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.
8Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
The title in most Bibles connect this Psalm to 1 Samuel 21: 10-15, where David was delivered from danger by acting crazy. This is not his finest hour, yet he says, “I will extol the Lord at all times.” What about your personal history? Can you say with David: “his praise will always be on my lips”? FCC: Let us exalt his name together!
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