Lessons and Hymns for Thanksgiving Eve

These are the Scripture readings you will hear this coming Wednesday evening:

Deuteronomy 8:1-10
Philippians 4:6-20
Luke 17:11-19

(I apologize for switching over to Bible Gateway for the actual lessons. There was an overload on ESVBible.org and the site wasn’t functioning.)

We Praise God for Sustaining Life in and through His Word

The nation resounds with thanksgiving for the earth’s bountiful harvest, crops of wheat and grains, all beneath the canopy of God’s almighty care. But “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deut. 8:1–10). The Church is the vessel through which the Word of God penetrates the world with its Law and Gospel. It is this divine Word that proclaims Jesus as the sole source of life, health and wholeness. It is Jesus who heals lepers with His Word: “Go and show yourselves to the priests” (Luke 17:11–19). Of the 10 cleansed, only one expresses thanksgiving back to Jesus. But true gratitude proceeds from a heart sustained by faith. Jesus bids this one Samaritan to “rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” So also, we are sent from the Divine Service, bolstered in our faith by baptismal and Eucharist blessings to be thankful in our circumstances of plenty and hunger, abundance and need (Phil. 4:6–20).

These are the hymns we will sing:

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come (LSB 852)
We Praise You, O God, Our Redeemer, Creator (LSB 785)
Sing to the Lord of Harvest (LSB 893)
For the Fruits of His Creation (LSB 894)

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