Franklin United Methodist Church
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Seeking, Sharing, and Serving Christ

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     Philippians 4:6 says “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7-And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  When you look at the world and see everything that is going on it is hard not to be anxious.  Many of us are going through things we do not understand.  It is in these moments it is hard to give thanks to God.  We have to understand life still happens and God can give us peace during our times of struggle. Let us give thanks and make our request known to God.

      “This year, consider using one or more of the following suggestions when you observe Thanksgiving in your home or with others.

      •Many countries have a day of thanksgiving to celebrate the harvest of crops and the food provided by the land that sustains us. Create a list of the foods you enjoy. Give thanks for the earth and the blessings of the world that God has created.

       •Create a place tag for every person who will partake of the Thanksgiving meal in your home. On one side of the tag, write the name of the person. On the other side, place a word or phrase from a verse of Scripture. Ask each person to line up according to the verse of Scripture. This determines who sits by whom during the meal. Say the Scriptures together after everyone has been seated.

        •Identify family members and close friends of your family who will not be able to be with you at Thanksgiving. Create or purchase cards for each of these people. On Thanksgiving Day, invite all who are gathered in your home to sign and/or write a note on the cards to those who are missing. Don’t forget to mail the cards on the Friday following Thanksgiving!

       •Make a blessing box. Ask different family members to write on slips of paper things for which they are thankful and to place the slips of paper in the blessing box. Use the box as a centerpiece on Thanksgiving Day. Pass around the box, pull out the slips of paper, and read the blessings.

       •Reflect on the past year. Ask each person gathered at your Thanksgiving celebration to share one thing that happened to him or her during the past year for which he or she is thankful.

        •Take a photograph of all who are gathered with you to celebrate Thanksgiving. Label it “Thanksgiving 2019” and list on the back the names of all who are there and one thing each person is thankful for this year.

       •Pray for those who have lost family members during the last year. Light a candle of remembrance and call out the names of those in the family who are no longer physically present.”1 

Pastor Mike 


1 accessed November 4, 2019.