This creative Thanksgiving sermon looks at the healing of the 10 lepers and imagines what might have happened afterwards. Why didn't they return to give thanks? Like you and me, they were human and had other pressing business. But who's to say that, years later, they didn't realize the gift they'd been given and share their story out of gratitude for what God had done.
Thanksgiving is more than a holiday for the grateful believer. As this Thanksgiving sermon reminds us, it's a way of life: appropriate in all circumstances, naturally overflowing, and the secret to a happy Christian life.
Thanksgiving: Cause for a Common Thanksgiving? (A Jewish-Christian Thanksgiving Service) (Exodus 2:23-3:8; Psalm 103; Philippians 4:4-13)
This sermon has a tough assignment: find common ground for thanksgiving among a mixed crowd of Jews and Christians gathered for a Thanksgiving service. What is that we have in common? The answer is that we all, as humans, suffer, but we also share a story of a God who has remembered us. He has seen and heard and known our suffering. He has stooped down to deliver us out of all our affliction.
In this Thanksgiving sermon, written in story form, a hardened giver learns the importance of knowing how to receive. In fact, our giving must arise from our gratitude for the grace we have received.
The most important attitude that we will ever nurture, according to this Thanksgiving sermon, is the attitude of thanksgiving. If we are able by the grace of God to cultivate an attitude of thanksgiving in what we do, say, and are about, we will know a life that is at once more challenging and more fulfilling.
The Christian life is a song of thanksgiving, a glad and joyous hymn of praise to God. This Thankgiving sermon examines the call, the cause and the characteristics of our thankfulness.