November 28, 2024 – Thanksgiving Day

Lectionary Readings   -   Gathering   -  Word  -   Eucharist   -   Sending   -   Music and Art

Lectionary Readings

Deuteronomy 8:7–18
The Lord is bringing you into a good land; do not forget your God.

Psalm 65
Praise God, who answers prayer, sends rain, and blesses the earth.

2 Corinthians 9:6–15
God loves a cheerful giver; thanks be to God for the gift of grace.

Luke 17:11–19
Jesus heals ten people with leprosy; only one returns to give thanks.

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

As we give thanks for the ways God has provided for our needs,
may we acknowledge the times we have considered our needs more important than those of others.
Restore us, Lord, in our worship and in our daily lives,
that we might embody your compassion and commitment to justice.

Prayer of the Day

God who gathers us,
as we speak of gratitude today,
we also recognize the whole history
of this national holiday.
We hear a story
of partnerships formed and meals shared,
but we also hear a story
of violence perpetrated,
resources stolen,
and trauma endured.
Matthew’s Gospel tells us
to consider the birds and the lilies;
may we also consider the indigenous persons
who have cared for the birds
and the lilies on this land.
Guide us in engaging our own histories,
that an honest remembering might lead us
to work for a more just present and future. Amen.

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Thanksgiving For Baptism

At the baptismal font:
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

O Lord our God, we give you thanks
for the grace that is at work in us
through the gift of our baptism—
the sign of your threefold name,
the communion of your faithful people,
the promise of your glorious realm.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
poured out upon us in baptism,
let your grace and peace grow in us,
until we gather at your heavenly throne
to give you thanks and praise forever;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession and Pardon

At the baptismal font:
It is only by the power of God
that we are able to stand against evil.

Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

O God, you are our creator and redeemer.
You blessed the earth and called it good.
You blessed our lives and call us your own.
Forgive us, O God, when we fail to give you thanks,
when we forget that you are the source of all that is good
and that our lives are to be an offering of thanksgiving.
Make us grateful, O God, for the gifts of your mercy,
and draw us closer to you and one another.

Lifting water from the font:
Now stand firm in your faith,
covered by the saving grace of God
and ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
Thanks be to God.

— Word —

Prayer for Illumination

At the lectern or pulpit:
Sovereign God, let your Word rule in our hearts
and your Spirit govern our lives
until at last we see the fulfillment
of your realm of justice and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Before the readings:
The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.
Listen to the word of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 6:4

After the readings:
Keep these words in your heart.
The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.
Thanks be to God.
Deuteronomy 6:6


Ascription of Praise

After the sermon:
To the Lord our God, Alpha and Omega,
be all glory and honor forever. Amen.
Revelation 21:6

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Affirmation of Faith

Time after Pentecost, Thanksgiving Day
Life is a gift to be received with gratitude
and a task to be pursued with courage.
People are free to seek life
within the purpose of God:
to develop and protect the resources of nature
for the common welfare,
to work for justice and peace in society,
and in other ways to use their creative powers
for the fulfillment of human life.
Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.17

Prayers of the People

— Eucharist —

Invitation to Offering

At the communion table:
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,
to present yourselves as a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God.
Let us offer our lives to the Lord.
Romans 12:1

Prayer of Dedication

At the communion table:
To you, O God, we offer our lives—
our abundance, our poverty,
all that we have, all that we are—
a sign of our great thanksgiving
for the treasure of your grace.
Take and use us for good
in the world that you so love;
we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Mark 12:41–44

Great Thanksgiving

Lord’s Prayer

Breaking the Bread

Communion of the People

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Prayer after Communion

At the communion table:
Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
creator and ruler of the universe,
for your have satisfied our souls
with this feast of your grace.
Keep us faithful in your service
until your realm of glory comes;
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

— Sending —

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Blessing and Charge

At the doors of the church:
The blessing of the holy, triune God,
who was and is and is to come—
first and last,
beginning and end,
Alpha and Omega—
be with you now and always. Alleluia!
Revelation 1:8

Go in peace to love the Lord your God
with heart and soul and mind and strength,
and to love your neighbor as yourself. Amen.
Mark 12:29–31

Covered Table

Anton Faistauer, 1916

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • Come, Ye Thankful People, Come (O) ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR GTG 367
  • We Gather Together (O) KREMSER GTG 336
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful (G) ROYAL OAK GTG 20
  • A Grateful Heart (OG) ROCKINGHAM GTG 652


  • Rain Down (E) RAIN DOWN GTG 48
  • For the Healing of the Nations (E) ST. THOMAS (Wade) GTG 346
  • Why Should I Feel Discouraged? (His Eye Is on the Sparrow) (G) SPARROW GTG 661
  • Seek Ye First (G) LAFFERTY GTG 175


  • For the Fruit of All Creation (G) AR HYD Y NOS GTG 36
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is (G) ST. COLUMBA GTG 802
  • The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing (G) THE FEAST IS READY GTG 505
  • You Satisfy the Hungry Heart (OG) BICENTENNIAL GTG 523


  • Give Thanks, O Christian People (E) ES FLOG EIN KLEINS WALDVÖGELEIN GTG 644
  • In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful (G) IN THE LORD I’LL BE EVER THANKFUL GTG 654
  • Now Thank We All Our God (G) NUN DANKET ALLE GOTT GTG 643
  • We Praise You, O God (E) KREMSER GTG 612

Psalms and Canticles


  • To Bless the Earth [CHRISTUS, DER IST MEIN LEBEN]; GTG 38, PH 200
  • The Earth Is Yours, O God [CARLISLE]; PAS 65A
  • Every Heart Its Tribute Pays [ST. GEORGE’S WINDSOR]; PAS 65E, LUYH 388
  • Praise Is Your Right [GENEVAN 65]; PAS 65B, LUYH 545, PH 201
  • To You, O God, Great Praise Is Due [LMD]; SGP 91


  • Your Paths Overflow with Plenty; PAS 65C
  • Gracias, Señor/We Give You Thanks; PAS 65C (alt. refrain)
  • Thanks Be to God [SLANE]; PP 112
  • Let the Valleys Shout for Joy and Sing [BIRMINGHAM]; HTP2 20

      Organ Music

      • “KRESMSER,” Augsburg Organ Library: November, Flor Peeters, AF (M)
      • “Now Thank We All Our God,” The Organist’s Library, vol. 68, Michael Helman, LOR (ME)
      • “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come!” The Sacred Organ Library, vol. 10, Michael Helman, LOR (ME)
      • “Trio on ASH GROVE,” Easy Organ Library, vol. 68, Douglas E. Wagner, LOR (E)

      Anthems for Adult Choirs

      • “All Good Gifts,” Richard DeLong, MSM uni, keybd (E)
      • “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” John Rutter, HIN, SATB, keybd (M)
      • “Thanks Be to God,” Elijah, Felix Mendelssohn, CPDL, SATB, keybd (A)
      • “The Promise of Living,” Aaron Copland, BH, SATB, keybd (M)
      • “We Gather Together,” Stephen Paulus, Subito Music, SATB, acap (A)
      • “Celtic Laud,” Small but Mighty II, Craig Courtney, BP, FLEX, kybd (E)
      • “I’m Glad,” Margaret Douroux, arr. Brandon Waddles, GIA, SATB, pno (E)
      • “Rejoice in the Lord Always,” Henry Purcell, CPDL, SATB, solos, kybd (M)
      • Nun danket alle gott, BWV 192, J.S. Bach, Carus-Verlag, SATB, sop, bari, keybd (A)

      Handbell Music

      • “Come, Ye Thankful, Gather Together,” Sondra Tucker, 3‑5 oct, opt hc, LOR, 202128L, Level 3+
      • “Now Thank We All Our God,” Lloyd Larson, 3‑5 oct w/pno, HOPE, 2776 (HB), 2776D (Dir/Piano), Level 2
      • “Song of Thanksgiving,” Michael Helman, 2‑3 oct, LOR, 201734L, Level 2


      • Haymaking, Pieter Bruegel (VDL)
      • Covered Table, Anton Faistauer (VDL)
      • Christ: Consider the Lilies, Kelly Latimore (VDL)
      • Meadowland, Henri Rousseau (VDL)