Thanksgiving Sunday, October 7, 2017

Old Testament: Deuteronomy 8: 1-10

Epistle: Philippians 4: 6-20

Gospel: Luke 17: 11-19

The Theme of Today’s Liturgy “Now thank we all our God!” Thanksgiving is the day we set aside to acknowledge the many blessings our God has given us and especially for the great mercy he has shown us by sending a Saviour who takes away all our sins. And so while today is a special time of Thanksgiving observance, we also remember that Lutheran worship is grounded in the praises and thanksgiving of God’s people who respond to the gifts they have received through the Holy Spirit, the forgiveness of sin and eternal life (Collect). The Psalmist says that the Lord satisfies the desire of every living thing, and so we rejoice knowing that “the Lord is at hand” and we can bring forth our prayers and supplications with thanksgiving knowing that He has already provided for our eternal life (Gradual, Epistle). We cry “Lord have mercy” every week in the Kyrie confident that through Christ our prayers are heard, giving thanks that the mercy of the Lord endures forever (Gospel, Gradual).

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