Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Thanksgiving Worship - Wednesday, November 23, 2020, 7 p.m.

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Service of the Word

Day of Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 7:00 p.m.






1              When all your mercies, O my God,

                my waking soul surveys,

                transported with the view, I’m lost

                in wonder, love, and praise.


2             Ten thousand thousand precious gifts

                my daily thanks employ;

                nor is the least a cheerful heart

                that tastes those gifts with joy.


3              Through ev’ry passing phase of life

                your goodness I’ll pursue,

                and after death, in distant worlds,

                the glorious theme renew.


4             Through all eternity, to you

                a joyful song I’ll raise;

                but, oh, eternity’s too short

                to utter all your praise!


Text: Joseph Addison, 1672-1719


Litany of Thanksgiving

from Luther’s Small Catechism (First Article of the Creed)


I believe that God has created me together with all that exists.


  God has given and still preserves my body and soul,

  eyes, ears, and all limbs and senses,

  reason and all mental faculties.


In addition, God daily and abundantly provides

shoes and clothing,

food and drink, house and farm, fields, livestock, and all property,


  along with all the necessities and nourishment

  for this body and life.


God protects me from all danger

and shields and preserves me from all evil.


  All this God has done out of divine goodness and mercy,

  without any worthiness or merit of mine at all!


I therefore owe it to God to thank and praise, serve and obey him.


  This is most certainly true!




The Lord be with you.

  And also with you.


Almighty God our Father, your generous goodness comes to us new every day. By the work of your Spirit lead us to acknowledge your goodness, give thanks for your benefits, and serve you in willing obedience; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 




Hymn                                                         We Praise You, O God


1              We praise you, O God, our redeemer, creator;

                in grateful devotion our tribute we bring.

                We lay it before you; we kneel and adore you;

                we bless your holy name; glad praises we sing.


2             We worship you, God of our fathers, we bless you;

                through trial and tempest our guide you have been.

                When perils o’ertake us, you will not forsake us,

                and with your help, O Lord, our struggles we win.


3              With voices united our praises we offer

                and gladly our songs of thanksgiving we raise.

                With you, Lord, beside us, your strong arm will guide us.

                To you, our great redeemer, forever be praise!


Text: Julia C. Cory, 1882-1963, alt.





Deuteronomy 8:7-18


7For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, 8a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, 9a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper. 10You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you.
  11Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today. 12When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, 13and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, 14then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, 15who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid wasteland with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He made water flow for you from flint rock, 16and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you good. 17Do not say to yourself, “My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.” 18But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today.


Luke 17:11-19


11On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. 15Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”




Homily                                                              Pastor Frontz                                                             

Hymn                                      All Things Bright and Beautiful



                All things bright and beautiful,

                all creatures great and small,

                all things wise and wonderful,

                the Lord God made them all.


1              Each little flower that opens,

                each little bird that sings,

                God made their glowing colors,

                God made their tiny wings.  Refrain


2             The purple-headed mountains,

                the river running by,

                the sunset, and the morning

                that brightens up the sky.  Refrain


3              The cold wind in the winter,

                the pleasant summer sun,

                the ripe fruits in the garden,

                God made them ev’ry one.  Refrain


4             God gave us eyes to see them,

                and lips that we might tell

                how great is God Almighty,

                who has made all things well.  Refrain


A General Thanksgiving


O Father of all, who art Wisdom and Beauty and Goodness, whose Spirit ever striveth in the souls of men and women; we thank you that Thou hast made us heirs of all the ages of Thy creative power and called us to share the fruits of Thy redemption,

  Thanks be to Thee, O Lord.


For the vision of Thyself in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; for Thy divine compassion which careth for us despite our weaknesses, cowardice, and self-love; and for Thy leadership unto this hour:

  Glory be to Thee, O Lord.


For the radiance, mystery, and surprise of this dear world; for Thy wisdom and beauty revealed in it; and for the love of family and friends which sweetens it:

  Glory be to Thee, O Lord.


For the leaven of Thy ideals of liberty and justice and brotherhood, which have worked so mightily and still work so hopefully among the peoples of the earth:

  Glory be to Thee, O Lord.


Because through suffering and weakness Thou hast taught us patience and given us the sense of dependence upon Thee; because in health and strength Thou hast given us to share Thy joy in being active; and because in sorrow Thou hast revealed to us the glory of others’ kindness:

  Glory be to Thee, O Lord.


For the discipline of life; for the endurance which is learned through drudgery; for the work which is its own reward; and for the difficulties which are the materials of victory, Thy victory in us:

  Glory be to Thee, O Lord.


Because through the turmoil of life we find Thy peace; because for the challenge of life we need Thy strength; and because in the adventure of death we have Thy blessed hope:

  Glory be to Thee, O Lord.


For the laughter of children; for pure mirth and kindly wit; for the jest of gallant souls and the cheerfulness of sufferers, which puts to shame our self-concern:

  Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

For Thy church on earth; for the comfort and encouragement of the blessed company of all faithful people; and above all for the sense of Thy companionship in sacrament and prayer:

  Glory be to Thee, O Lord.


The Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, grant us to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner person that, Christ dwelling in our hearts by faith, we may be filled with all the fulness of God.



(Herbert Lindemann, The Daily Office)




Our Father, who art in heaven,

            hallowed be thy name,

            thy kingdom come,

            thy will be done,

                        on earth as it is in heaven.

            Give us this day our daily bread;

            and forgive us our trespasses,

                        as we forgive those who trespass against us;

            and lead us not into temptation,

                        but deliver us from evil.

            For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,

                        forever and ever. Amen                               




Let us bless the Lord.

  Thanks be to God.


Almighty God, Father, +Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.



Be at peace. Serve the Lord.

  Thanks be to God!


Hymn                                               Now Thank We All Our God


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 mothers’ arms,

                has blest us on our way

                with countless gifts of love,

                and still is ours today.


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 harm

                in this world and the next.


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 heav’n adore;

                for thus it was, is now,

                and shall be evermore.


Text: Martin Rinkhart, 1586-1649; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878