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While those in Canada had their turkey and thanksgiving celebrations in October those in the United States are just getting ready to celebrate that holiday.  In a recent conversation about thanksgiving someone told me about a high school chapel planning meeting where the conversation was about what the students were thankful for.  The response was the typical list of things.  Then the leader asked the students what they were thankful for spiritually which brought the conversation to a whole different level resulting in a very meaningful chapel service.  Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving Day this week I ask you, for what are you thankful spiritually?  How might you plan a worship service around that question?


A month or so ago I was working on a sermon series but it just wasn't coming together.  As I was thinking about another topic to preach, I realized that it was almost exactly 40 days until Thanksgiving Day (USA).  So for the last few Sundays we have been focusing on the role of thanksgiving and the central discipline of gratitude in the Christian life, the thought being that the thanksgiving we offer should be thoughtful and reflective.  Its a national holiday so it's not quite a liturgical season, but I suppose there would be a good name for it...Thanksvent?  Gratitide?

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