When conjuring up images of Thanksgiving, it’s only natural to think about a table, right?
Turkey. Stuffing (or dressing, we know). Mashed Potatoes. Gravy. Green Beans. And for the really good people of the world, Cranberry Sauce (And no. Not the stuff out of a can. Seriously, take half an hour and just follow the directions on the bag of fresh cranberries. It’s easy. And worth it. I digress…). And of course, PIE! Who can forget pie? Pumpkin, Apple, Pecan…
Ahh. The Table.
It’s a central location for so much of our lives, isn’t it? Not just on Thanksgiving, but every day, it’s where life happens. Our latest Thanksgiving release is entitled, simply, The Table. It reminds us to pause and give thanks for the great gifts we’ve been given. It even includes a little surprise at the end (didn’t see that one coming, did you? Wait, what? You haven’t watched it yet? Here… check it out! We’ll wait.)
If you’re looking for a way to incorporate The Table into your Thanksgiving service, might we suggest using this beautiful liturgy from the awesome folks over at The Practice, along with a time of Communion? What better table to gather around for Thanksgiving than God’s table for what some call The Lord’s Supper? The liturgy was developed for use around a meal, but we believe it can be beautifully incorporated with a time of communion.
Here’s how we recommend using it:
- Before the service, place index cards and pens at every seat.
- After the first worship song, have someone come to the stage and read the Prayer of Thanks.
- Then, after another worship song, have someone read the Prayer for the World.
- Sing another song, show The Table, and then have someone instruct your community to answer the discussion questions (you could either pre-print the questions on the cards, or project them on the screen) during one last song (this could be instrumental or corporate worship- maybe even a reprise of an earlier song?).
- After this song, take communion together.
- Then, invite folks to come to the stage and share what they’ve written. We recommend giving an example sentence for people to read, such as, “I am thankful for ______.” This will prevent people from “going off script” too much.
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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Journey Box! As you gather around the table this Thanksgiving, may you feel a deep sense of gratitude for the gifts you’ve been given.
“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us–and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.” –Thomas Merton