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2016 Thanksgiving Celebrations for the Home

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“An attitude of gratitude” – that’s what we seek to instill in ourselves and in our family members. Thanksgiving lends itself to helping us name the many ways we are blessed. The following suggestions may enable our families to focus not just on being thankful for the food of the day, but also on true gratefulness for the many blessings experienced by our families. Stopping to identify blessings doesn’t mean that life has been easy in the past year.  Everyone experiences difficulties and hardships. We can’t ignore the fact that hardships are part of life.

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The Great Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving Day or for the Gift of Food

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This text is used by the pastor while the congregation uses A Service of Word and Table II ( UMH 13–15) or III (UMH 15–16) or one of the musical settings ( UMH 17–25)

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A Service of Holy Communion for Thanksgiving

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This order of service may be used on Thanksgiving Eve, Day, or the Sunday closest to Thanksgiving Day. It may be used in planning an ecumenical service when the participating churches are open to sharing the eucharistic table. If such sharing is not possible, Holy Communion may be omitted.   

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Hymns for Thanksgiving Day

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Here are hymns appropriate for Thanksgiving Day. 

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Thanks Be to God!

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As we look forward to December and the Advent season that prepares us for receiving the gift of God made flesh, let's consider all the many ways in which people come to know Jesus for the first time – and all the ways in which they come to know him in a new and deeper way. After all, why would we so eagerly prepare ourselves for Jesus' coming/return if we were not already convinced of what a wonderful gift Jesus has been in our own lives? November, beginning with All Saints' Sunday and ending with Christ the King Sunday, presents us with the perfect opportunity to give thanks for the many ways in which we have encountered Jesus.

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Planning an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service in Your Community

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In a world that seems much smaller and much more interdependent than we knew before September 11, 2001, the opportunity to share gratitude and pain in various ways is critical. Many congregations and leaders are aware in new ways of other religions and of people of other faiths — particularly the Islamic faith — in their midst. As a matter of Gods shalom and justice, pastors and people have reached out to stand in solidarity with people of faith who were suddenly demonized and the objects of violence and abuse. 

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Creative Ideas for Celebrating Thanksgiving

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Share Holy Communion on Thanksgiving Day. Communion is also called Eucharist -- sometimes from the Greek word in the NT eucharisteo, which means "thanksgiving." Holy Communion, in the forms that it is given in The United Methodist Hymnal and The United Methodist Book of Worship, is a festive and celebratory gathering, praising God for God's goodness. Combine Holy Communion with a shared meal following. This enacts the love feast and sacramental meal in a way that is similar to the way the early Christians held Communion. They did not separate eating and "breaking bread" as we generally do now.   

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A Morning Prayer of Thanksgiving

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Loving God,
Creator of all that has been, all that is, and all that is to come;
You made us human and gave us hearts to love you and follow you.   

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Musical Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving! What a great holiday, even if it isn't part of the liturgical year! What's not to like — Pilgrims and Indians in fellowship, turkey, corn, cranberries, pumpkin pie, family, friends, football…. If you look in most hymnals' seasonal or topical index of hymns, you'll find dozens of hymns and songs related to Thanksgiving and giving thanks. 

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A Table Blessing

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This text of unknown origin is set to OLD HUNDREDTH, the familiar music of The Doxology. Use it as a table grace at home, a church dinner, or a special occasion such as Thanksgiving dinner.

 

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NUN DANKET (“Now Thank We All Our God”)

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Vocal Descant by Joe Corporon
UM Hymnal no. 102

 

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All of Life Is Filled with Wonder

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This  hymn for Thanksgiving by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is set to the familiar tune BEECHER. It expresses the joy we have in the everyday living of life's experiences.

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Now Thank We All Our God (Chuck Bell Arrangement)

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Contemporary musician and composer extraordinaire Chuck Bell has given amazing new life to this 365-year-old hymn (United Methodist Hymnal no. 102). He has provided a full melody and lyrics version with full keyboard accompaniment, and two chord and lyrics sheets in D and Eb for guitar players in the band. He has also recorded an MP3 sound file complete with vocal and accompaniment. Sing it as a solo, with the praise team or choir, but especially with the congregation.

 

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History of Hymns: “Now Thank We All Our God”

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"Now Thank We All Our God"
by Martin Rinckart; translated by Catherine Winkworth
The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 102

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Now Thank We All Our God

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A traditional song from the hymnal in a version just for keyboardists, guitarists, bass guitarists, and others who sing, play, and lead worship using music with chord symbols.

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Traditional Hymns For Blended And Contemporary Worship Volume 7: Thanksgiving

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Here you will find mostly traditional hymns and songs from the hymnal in a version just for keyboardists, guitarists, bass guitarists, and others who sing, play, and lead worship using music with chord symbols.

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From The Rising Of The Sun

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A traditional song from the hymnal in a version just for keyboardists, guitarists, bass guitarists, and others who sing, play, and lead worship using music with chord symbols.

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We Gather Together

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A traditional song from the hymnal in a version just for keyboardists, guitarists, bass guitarists, and others who sing, play, and lead worship using music with chord symbols.

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Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

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A traditional song from the hymnal in a version just for keyboardists, guitarists, bass guitarists, and others who sing, play, and lead worship using music with chord symbols.

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