Love God
  • Tell the story of the Ten Lepers in Luke 17:11-19.       
  • Why is it important to say thank you to God?  
  • If we don't say thank you, will God stop giving us good things? 
  • What are some ways we can say thank you to God?   
  • Verse of the week: "I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart." Psalm 138:1 
  • Pray:  Dear God, you give us everything we need. But we often forget to say "thank you." We thank you now, and ask you to help us say thanks every day.  In Jesus' name, amen. 
Love People  
  • What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?  
  • What would be a new Thanksgiving tradition you'd like to add to your family's celebration?  
  • What are you most thankful for?  Who are you thankful for?  
  • A fun thing to share at your Thanksgiving table is the simple remembrance we shared in Children's Church today: The first winter the pilgrims spent in America was very cold. Some days, all they had was enough for each person to have only five kernels of corn. When spring came, the pilgrims planted their corn and it grew so they had a lot of food the next year. From then on at Thanksgiving, the pilgrims each kept five kernels of corn at their plates to remind them of God's provision.
  •  Five Blessings We Are Thankful For


    The first kernel reminds us of the beauty of God's creation.

    The second kernel reminds us of our love for each other.

    The third kernel reminds us of God's love and care for us-God gives us all we need.

    The fourth kernel reminds us of our friends.

    The fifth kernel reminds us that God hears our prayers.

Serve the World
  • We give God our thanks and praise when we join God in blessing the world and when we realize that we have enough.  The "For the Love of Christmas" Christmas giving ministry is an opportunity to give a "gift" that gives in multiple ways: you can give a gift to support a GGCC partner in lieu of a material gift for someone on your list.  Check it out by clicking here.  
Devotional Note for Parents  

Doesn't it seem like we repeat the mantra, "What do you say?" over and over to our children.  Why can't they remember to say thanks?  It was like pulling teeth to get my sons to write their thank-you notes.  We work diligently to teach our kids to say thanks.  But, how often are we like the nine men who forgot to return to tell Jesus thanks? 


I'm sure those other nine were very grateful for what had been done.  In fact, they were likely a little confused, rather amazed and overjoyed to be able to return to their families. I'm not sure Jesus was condemning them as much as he was pointing out that we who receive much from God tend to take it all for granted.  Our prayer lives often are filled with requests and intercessions for others.  What would it look like if our prayers regularly included praise and thanksgiving to God and nothing else?  What if one day each week, the only thing in our prayers was thanks?  Jesus invites us to have the faith of the Samaritan leper who let everything else go to praise and thank God.  

Sunday to Home
Connecting Worship, Children's Church and Home

November 20, 2011

Worship Theme

The Thankful Man

Faith @ Home

We can remember to thank God!  


Bible Story 
Luke 17:11-19
Psalm 138

Bible Background

 Jesus was traveling between Samaria and Galilee.  As he entered a small town, ten men begin calling to him from a distance because they lepers.  They apparently knew who he was because they are seeking to be healed.

These men were complete outcasts; their disease meant that they couldn't live with their families, have jobs or go to church.  They were outcasts resigned to begging outside of town.  Jesus did have mercy on them and told them to go see the priests; as the priests were the ones who could declare them clean and restore them to the community.

The men were healed as they went.  Just one returned to thank Jesus and he was a Samaritan.  (Samaritans were foreigners who were hated by the Jews.)  Isn't it interesting that it's the foreigner who comes back to say thanks?  Sometimes we, who think ourselves close to God,  forget to give thanks  for our daily blessings.

Psalm 138 is a psalm of thanksgiving and praise.  Not only does God give us what we need, God protects and saves.

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