Last night we had an awesome Thanksgiving Eve service at BBC. For 45 minutes we took time out of our busy schedules to stop and say thank you to God for all He has blessed us with over the past year. There were about 70 people in attendance (which is terrific for our neck of the woods). Everything was country casual and laid back; and even Pastor Lynn was sporting his blue jeans along with everybody else!
While waiting for a quick technical difficulty to be sorted out congregants shared what they were thankful for, which ranged from everything to being thankful for all the cooks who made the food in the social hall to God Himself, for giving us Salvation! It's always a delight when everyone participates -- these are the kinds of moments that bring the BBC family closer together, just like a real family.
We had some great music starting with the favorite contemporary, "Thank You, Lord" followed by (what could be more traditional?) "We Gather Together." The Shades of Grace sang "So Much To Thank Him For," for the first time, accompanied by Pastor Lynn on guitar.
Pastor Lynn brought us a beautiful message based on Psalm 103. Our time of worship ended with singing "Give Thanks." Afterwards everyone went to the social hall for refreshments and a time of good fellowship.
Sunday services were terrific! Following our welcome and opening prayer we sang the classic Thanksgiving song, "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come." Don't you love that open invitation to everyone? Who doesn't have something they can't be thankful for?
Next the Praise Team led us in "How Great Is Our God," another perfect song for Thanksgiving. Seriously, how great is He, who loves us so very much, who are so unworthy?
Ms Angela presented us with a beautiful rendition of "My Tribute" and the congregation joined her on the chorus, singing 'to God be the glory for the things He has done.'
Pastor Lynn's message reminded us that God is always working for us, in us, and through us, and that what we do as a church in reaching others for Christ is our important mission.
With the holiday season fast approaching things have already gotten busy. We've been seeing holiday decor in stores for a while now and I actually heard Christmas music playing at the grocery store this week! It won’t be long until it’s time to hunt for parking spots and join the mad dash to buy gifts.
But before that happens, I want to know - What happened to Thanksgiving?! Why do people by-pass this special holiday? Thanksgiving is our most neglected holiday. Even looking for Thanksgiving decorations yields little more than paper plates and turkey-adorned napkins located off in a far store corner.
Thanksgiving is more than just a day off from work. It's more than being the day we eat turkey and take naps in the middle of the day. It’s more than when TV is dedicated to football all day.
Thanksgiving is so important though. Christmas and Easter are to recognize utmost importance in the life of Christ and what His life and sacrifice means to us. But Thanksgiving is about telling God that we know Who is in control, we know Who is protecting and caring for us. We know Who our blessings come from.
It’s really a personal holiday. Maybe that’s why it’s so neglected by society as a whole. There’s no way for someone to make a buck out of it besides selling that illustrious turkey dinner and all the trimmings. Yes, we get together to celebrate with family and friends, but it’s still a personal thing.
It really doesn't take much to spend a moment talking with God, telling Him we’re grateful that He values us so much. You don’t need special foods or entertainments to participate. Nothing fancy is required because when it comes down to it, it’s simply saying “Thank You” to our Heavenly Father who loves each and every one of us so much that He gave His own Son’s life for our sake.
Isn’t that worth the effort to not by-pass one special day set aside for just such a purpose? If you don’t get to attend church for Thanksgiving, or sing those wonderful Thanksgiving songs or do any of the other things we think of when Thanksgiving comes around each year, then just take a moment out of your busy life to let Him know how much you appreciate what He’s done for you this year!
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