gathering and Praise

Focus your minds and hearts on worshiping God.

Read this Thanksgiving-themed Psalm:

Psalm 65:8-13

The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;

where morning dawns, where evening fades,

you call forth songs of joy.

You care for the land and water it;  

you enrich it abundantly.

The streams of God are filled with water

to provide the people with grain,

for so you have ordained it.

You drench its furrows and level its ridges;

you soften it with showers and bless its crops.

You crown the year with your bounty,

and your carts overflow with abundance.

The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;

the hills are clothed with gladness.

The meadows are covered with flocks

and the valleys are mantled with grain;

they shout for joy and sing.

Praise God by singing this setting of Psalm 138:

Confession And Assurance

Read these words:

Matthew 22:34-40 (NIV)

One of them, an expert in the law,

tested him with this question:

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God

with all your heart and with all your soul

and with all your mind.’

This is the first and greatest commandment.

And the second is like it:

‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

All the Law and the Prophets

hang on these two commandments.”

Pray (you might ask a child to pray this prayer):

Holy God, you have given us many good gifts.

Today we thank you for all of them,

but we also confess that sometimes

we love those gifts more than we love you.

We confess wanting more and more things:

food, clothes, toys, and money.

Forgive us for not being content and thankful.

Forgive our selfishness.

Help us to love you more than everything else.

We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Read these words:

Hebrews 4:14-16 (NIV)

Therefore, since we have a great high priest

who has ascended into heaven,

Jesus the Son of God, 

let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.

For we do not have a high priest

who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, 

but we have one who has been tempted in every way, 

just as we are—yet he did not sin. 

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, 

so that we may receive mercy

and find grace to help us in our time of need. 

Sing this Song in Thankfulness to Jesus Christ:


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Call or text another member of the church to see what they are praying for.

Call or a text a family member and find out how you can pray for them.

Now, pray for these things.

Closing Song of Praise

Read these words:

May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.

(found in 1 Cor. 16:23, 1 Thes. 5:28, and 2 Thes. 3:18)

Some prayers and portions of prayers reprinted by permission from The Worship Sourcebook, Second Edition, ©2013, Faith Alive Christian Resources.

Lyrics for songs not in the public domain used by permission. Performances of songs available by permission. CCLI #139626.