"O Lord that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!" - William Shakespeare
Thanksgiving Day is considered a religious feast and hence like every other Christian festival, there are a few rituals which are associated with it. One of the major rituals which are followed among many Christian households is saying a Thanksgiving sermon when friends and family is gathered around the dinner table. The subject of the sermon is supposed to be thanking God for every basic thing that is obtained from His creation. Showing humility for the abundance is the main motif of saying a sermon. One may also include the family values to the main sermon. The sermon must preach its listeners to give generously to those who are underprivileged. It can include a small parable from the Bible which suits the occasion. There are a number of ways you can prepare a sermon. A few sermons are listed below.
Thanksgiving Day Sermon
"Praise ye the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever." This line means that you should thank God everyday for everything He has ever given to you because the God is benevolent. By thanking Him you will always be near the God.
How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.
"O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker."
"Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."
1 Chronicles 29:11-13
"Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name."
"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God." Which means that you must believe in God's will and should trust Him because only He knows what is good for you. Once you will start trusting his will you will give thanks for everything which happens.
"Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most high" According to this Thanksgiving thought in the Bible it is believed that God commands us to be thankful so that we are humble enough to offer our gratitude towards the Almighty who protects us.
"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High" In this Thanksgiving Bible verse, thanksgiving is believed to be a good thing and this habit of thanking and praising lord should be inculcated.
"Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence." The mentioned lines tell us about the power of Thanksgiving. It says that if you are thankful to God then he will always be with you. You can feel His presence by giving Thanks.
Thanksgiving feast not only brings close families and friends, but it also brings you closer to God, because you thank Him for His greatness and benevolence while breaking bread. Sermons are the best way to express your humble gratitude to the Almighty.
A Thanksgiving Day Sermon is a ritual which is adhered to with great delight in Christian families at Thanksgiving Day dinner. For some sermon ideas, read the article.