Summary: 2005 Thanksgiving Sunday Remarks

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What do you think of when you think ‘Thanksgiving?’ (Overhead 1)

I think of pain…from eating too much!

I think of Detroit Lions football!!!

I think of family gatherings with aunts and uncles and cousins… that I miss.

I think of freedom to believe and worship God.

I think of people that I dearly love and respect that I don’t get to see often.

I think of God’s grace and mercy to me.

What does Thanksgiving mean to you? In a moment, we are going to hear from four members of our church what they are thankful for. But, there a few others that we need to hear from this morning as well:

The first group of people we need to hear from are the housewives, many of whom will be working hard this week (if not already) to prepare the Thanksgiving Meal. Here are what housewives are thankful for:

"For automatic dishwashers because they make it possible for us to get out of the kitchen before the family comes back in for their after-dinner snacks.

For husbands who attack small repair jobs around the house because they usually make them big enough to call in the professionals.

For children who put away their things & clean up after themselves. They’re such a joy you hate to see them go home to their own parents.

For teenagers because they give parents an opportunity to learn a second language.

For Smoke alarms because they let you know when the turkey’s done."

Another person expressed their thankfulness as follows:

I am Thankful that we only elect presidents

once every four years.

I am Thankful that teenagers will grow up and

that one day they will have children that will become teenagers of their own.

I am Thankful that I am not a turkey this week.

I am Thankful that the space available for messages on T-shirts and bumpers is limited.

I am Thankful that hugs and kisses do not add weight or cause cancer.

I am Thankful that TVs, Radios, & CD players

can be turned off.

I am Thankful that God’s love never fails.

Finally, in regards to the issue of calories, here’s Jeanne McManus’ of the Washington Post take on the tradition of eating on Thanksgiving Day.

"I believe in tradition. I believe in Thanksgiving,” she says.” I believe in Thanksgiving tradition. I believe that there should be butter, turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy and pie on the fourth Thursday of every November in the United States of America. I believe that Thanksgiving is a day on which people should gather to share food, friendship and love.”

”I do not believe it is a day,” she concludes, “on which calories should be counted or guilt should be expressed at having eaten too much food, too many complex carbohydrates or too much saturated fat."

What are you thankful for? Well we are going to hear from four persons what they are thankful for this morning. Please give them your attention.

(Lauren Howdyshell, Steve Heltzel, Dana Wallace, and Dick Feller.)

What did you hear from these four people? I heard (share comments):

In our main text for this morning, the Psalmist celebrates a whole list of things that he, and God’s people as well, are thankful for. Do you remember what they thanked and praised God for? (Overhead 2)

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