Growing Gratitude

Gratitude doesn’t just happen. If we want to have lives that are more thankful, peaceful, and joyful we have to take concrete steps in that direction. We have to plant before we harvest. As we draw closer to Thanksgiving, perhaps we can grow gratitude in our lives.

November 3 (Commitment Sunday/All Saints/Holy Communion)
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-2
Title: The Cheering Section
Theme: We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses; saints who have gone before us who are cheering us on as we run our race. We are invited to make our commitment to the future, as those saints from the past did for us.
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November 10
Scripture: Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Title: Thankful
Theme: Moses teaches the people that we should never forget our past, and the mighty acts that God has done to bring us this far. The gift of the Promised Land was built on the faithfulness of a long journey. In order to be thankful we must first remember what God has already done.
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November 17
Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9
Title: Peaceful
Theme: God desires peace in our life. But God knows our life is full of worry, stress, and conflict. Where do we even begin? Paul suggests that peace begins by simply being nice to other people. Could it really be true that in order to find peace we should make peace?

November 28
Scripture: Psalm 100
Title: Joyful
Theme: Joy is more than a feeling, it is a way of life. (Which is good because we don’t always feel joyful). The Psalm reminds us that true Joy is rooted in praise, worship, singing, and blessing God. If we want to be joyful we need to spend time with God.