Rescuing Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming; let us rejoice! The turkey, the cranberry sauce, the mashed potatoes, the gravy, the stuffing, the stuffing, and the stuffing are just around the corner. Unless, of course, you are one of those odd folks who do a ham for Thanksgiving. There is no judgment from me, I assure you—just a look on my face that expresses both questioning and disappointment (I just want to understand). I digress. We know that the Thanksgiving holiday is not centrally about food but about the gathering together with those who are closest to us to express our gratitude for all we have.

But we as Christians should think somewhat differently about Thanksgiving. We learned this week in our community groups that the earliest disciples daily “devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts, praising God . . .” (Acts 2:46-47). Everyday should carry with it the spirit of Thanksgiving for the Christian. The Christian’s daily song should echo Psalm 69:

I will praise God’s name with song and exalt him with thanksgiving. That will please the Lord more than an ox, more than a bull with horns and hooves. The humble will see it and rejoice. You who seek God, take heart! (vs. 30-32).

God has granted us salvation through Jesus Christ, poured out on us his Spirit who guarantees both our salvation and that we will be like God in our character, and has promised us that we will not only live eternally, but our life will be a royal one as we reign over the Kingdom with Jesus and our brothers and sisters in Christ. We should be a thankful people.

Yet, Thanksgiving is a holiday we should have no problem encouraging others to celebrate, and perhaps that is how we can rescue this holiday for the cause of Christ. As we meet with our families, perhaps we could lead them in not skipping the time of thinking about what we are thankful for, and you can be the witness that points to God as the giver of it all. This is a great time to share that you are most of all thankful for Jesus and his gospel. We don’t need the holiday to do this, but we can use it as something advantageous for the Kingdom. And, by all means, thank God for the wonderful food! Paul told Timothy that God “richly provides us with all things to enjoy”  (1 Tim. 6:17).

Thanksgiving Service at Mercy Hill

As you know, we have a weekly Thursday night service. But, because of Thanksgiving, we are going move it to Wednesday, November 22nd. This is going to be a yearly tradition. We know that many will be out of town on Sunday, so we are hoping that you will join us for a big gathering on Wednesday for worship and word. Hope to see you there!

-Alex Nolette (Community Groups/Equip Coordinator)