Thanksgiving Service: Thursday 25 November 2021

Blessings this day to you all! Just a short service for your reflection today. The words for the two songs are below if you’d like to sing along!


Peace, Pastor Chris Lee

Let All Things Now Living ELW 881

 1      Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving        to God the creator triumphantly raise,        who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us,        who still guides us on to the end of our days.        God’s banners are o’er us, God’s light goes before us,        a pillar of fire shining forth in the night,        till shadows have vanished and darkness is banished,        as forward we travel from light into light.2      God rules all the forces: the stars in their courses        and sun in its orbit obediently shine;        the hills and the mountains, the rivers and fountains,        the deeps of the ocean proclaim God divine.        We too should be voicing our love and rejoicing;        with glad adoration a song let us raise        till all things now living unite in thanksgiving:        “To God in the highest, hosanna and praise!” 

Text: Katherine K. Davis, 1892-1980, alt.Text © 1939, 1966 E.C. Schirmer Music Company

Sing to the Lord of Harvest ELW 694

1      Sing to the Lord of harvest your songs of love and praise;

        with joyful hearts and voices your alleluias raise;

        by him the rolling seasons in fruitful order move;

        sing to the Lord of harvest a joyous song of love.

2      God makes the clouds drop fatness, the deserts bloom and spring,

        the hills leap up in gladness, the valleys laugh and sing.

        God fills them with his fullness, all things with large increase

        and crowns the year with goodness, with plenty and with peace.

3      Bring to this sacred altar the gifts his goodness gave,

        the golden sheaves of harvest the souls Christ died to save.

        Your hearts lay down before him when at his feet you fall,

        and with your lives adore him who gave his life for all.

Text: John S. B. Monsell, 1811-1875, alt.

Readings:

Joel 2:21-24

1 Timothy 2:1-7

Matthew 6:25-33

Facebook link to the video of First Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Thanksgiving Service:

https://www.facebook.com/190629367619921/videos/1107246373427210

Image credits:

Happy Thanksgiving, j_lloa on Pixabay

Music credits:

Pam Edwards: Music Director/ Organ

“Let All Things Now Living.” Text: Katherine K. Davis, 1892 – 1980, alt.. Music: Welsh folk tune. Text copyright 1939, 1966 E.C. Schirmer Music Company. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“Sing to the Lord of Harvest.” Text: John S. B. Monsell, 1811 – 1875, alt.. Music: Johann Steurlein, 1546 – 1613. Public domain.