“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!” What does the Lord God, as the eternal king, expect of his creation? What is that he demands? He asks that we come bringing thanksgiving and praise. For Christians, thanksgiving is not a holiday that is confined to the last Thursday in November. Every time we gather around the Lord’s Table, we are expressing thanksgiving to God for the atoning death of His Son, our High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed, every time we gather together, we come bringing thanksgiving to God. We are, as God’s chosen ones, definitively thankful because we have received the riches of Christ’s grace. So it is with overflowing joy and abundant praise, as our nation observes the national day of Thanksgiving, that we come with real thanks offered to God for the grace he has shown us in Christ Jesus.
In the prayer service, we will consider Luke 22:40. We will sing “Praise God, for He is Kind,” a paraphrase of Psalm 136 (Red 175).
In our worship service, we will continue looking at 1 Corinthians 14:6-19 and the way our corporate worship should be marked by a commitment to the ministry of the Word in faithfulness and clarity. This Lord’s Day, as we look forward to the Thanksgiving week, it is fitting for us to especially consider verse 16 of this chapter. There Paul speaks of the role of the thanksgiving and the responding “Amen” in the body of Christ as it gathers together: Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say ‘Amen’ to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? Christians are those who say “Amen” to thanksgiving when it is offered to God in Christ.
Call to Worship: 1 Chronicles 16:35-36
Hymn 526 [Blue] Come, Ye Thankful People
Congregational Reading: Psalm 100
Doxology: Doxology, Red 437
Hymn 20 [Blue] We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer This hymn is delightfully fitting for the morning service’s text. In verse 16, Paul speaks of the spiritual concord that is to be fostered by the ministry of the Word in a Christian worship service. To the one offering a word of thanksgiving, the believers are to respond with the “Amen,” affirming their own believing confession of the truthfulness of the word proclaimed. The final verse of this hymn portrays this spiritual concord well: “With voices united our praises we offer; to thee, great Jehovah, glad anthems we raise.” Tongues in Corinth overthrew Christian unity, for the only person profiting from the Spiritual message was the one speaking in tongues. He was speaking to God alone; he was edifying only himself. In this way, his mind was unfruitful. God intends for our assemblies to be places of true spiritual unity in Christ. This is accomplished as we all enter in by faith to the message of God’s Word as proclaimed publicly and clearly in our midst. When this happens, we truly unite our voices in offering praise to God.
Hymn 139 [Red] All People That on Earth Do Dwell
Scripture Reading: Job 6 & 2 Corinthians 10
Hymn [Insert] Thy Word Sheds Light upon My Path
Sermon: Tongues & the Benefits of Christian Worship, Part 3 from 1 Corinthians 14:6-19
Hymn 283 [Red] Now Thank We All Our God
In Sunday School, I will teach a second part on Jonathan Edwards and the revivals. This time we will look with more attention at the Great Awakening of the early 1740s.