"Give Thanks"




You are the peace of all things calm
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in dark
You are the heart's eternal spark
You are the door that's open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are my Lord and with me still
You are my love, keep me from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are my Saviour this very day.
(celtic oral tradition - 1st millennium)

PRELUDE We Plow the Fields and Scatter Robert Hughes

Give thanks, O people of God!
For God has blessed the world with life and showered the earth with love.
Give thanks, O people of God!
For Christ has given us his life and washed us in healing waters.
Give thanks, O people of God!
For the Spirit has not stopped moving in the world, calling us to lives of grateful praise.

*HYMN 367 ||| Come, Ye Thankful People, Come ||| St. George’s Windsor

O God, you are our creator and redeemer. You blessed the earth and called it good. You blessed our lives and call us your own. Forgive us, O God, when we fail to give you thanks, when we forget that you are the source of all that is good and that our lives are to be an offering of thanksgiving. Make us grateful, O God, for the gifts of your mercy, and draw us closer to you and one another.
(silent prayer)

Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The past is left behind; everything has become fresh and new. Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!





65God of Zion, to you even silence is praise. Promises made to you are kept—2you listen to prayer—and all living things come to you. 3When wrongdoings become too much for me, you forgive our sins. 4How happy is the one you choose to bring close, the one who lives in your courtyards! We are filled full by the goodness of your house, by the holiness of your temple. 5In righteousness you answer us, by your awesome deeds, God of our salvation—you, who are the security of all the far edges of the earth, even the distant seas. 6You establish the mountains by your strength; you are dressed in raw power. 7You calm the roaring seas; calm the roaring waves, calm the noise of the nations. 8Those who dwell on the far edges stand in awe of your acts. You make the gateways of morning and evening sing for joy. 9You visit the earth and make it abundant, enriching it greatly by God’s stream, full of water. You provide people with grain because that is what you’ve decided. 10Drenching the earth’s furrows, leveling its ridges, you soften it with rain showers; you bless its growth. 11You crown the year with your goodness; your paths overflow with rich food. 12Even the desert pastures drip with it, and the hills are dressed in pure joy. 13The meadowlands are covered with flocks, the valleys decked out in grain—they shout for joy; they break out in song!

SPECIAL MUSIC ||| “We Gather Together" with "God Is So Good" ||| Thomas Kreesecker

11 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten lepers  approached him. Keeping their distance, 13they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. 15Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16He prostrated himself at Jesus’  feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON ||| "Give Thanks" ||| Rev. Jane Tuma


*HYMN 36 ||| For the Fruit of All Creation ||| Arranged  Hyd Y Nos

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH ||| The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried. He descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

…Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.


OFFERTORY ||| "Over the River" to the "Beauty of the Earth"  ||| Thomas Keesecker

*DOXOLOGY ||| 606 Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Loving God, we offer our thanks that we have these gifts to share this morning. Please bless them. Use our monetary gifts, our talents and our time for the flourishing of this church and the coming of your kingdom. Amen.


*HYMN 643 ||| Now Thank We All Our God ||| Nun Danket Alle Gott

*PRAYER OF BLESSING ||| from St. Patrick
We arise today through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun, Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

We arise today through God's strength to pilot us;
God's might to uphold us, God's wisdom to guide us,
God's eye to look before us, God's ear to hear us,
God's word to speak for us, God's hand to guard us,
God's way to lie before us, God's shield to protect us,
God's hosts to save us afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield me today against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.

We arise today
Through the mighty strength of the Lord of creation. Amen.

POSTLUDE Come Ye Thankful People, Come Mary MacDonald

Mrs. Mary Ann Wenzelman, ||| Interim Organist/Pianist


Worship Liturgist: Vern Moore
Usher: Laura Dillman

Today we welcome back to our pulpit the Rev. Jane Tuma. Jane is a minister member of the Presbytery of Chicago and has served as the pastor of Morgan Park Presbyterian Church. She is a graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary and has an advanced degree in Biblical Studies from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

SCRIPTURES IN WORSHIP – Next Sunday we will be reading Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Luke 21:25-36.  

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