Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Worship Service For Thanksgiving Week In The USA - At Internet Church Of Christ

Worship Service For Thanksgiving Week In The USA
At Internet Church Of Christ

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Let us, with a gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for He is kind;
For His mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

Verse from John Milton, 1608-1674
Public Domain

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Welcome to the Thanksgiving Week online worship service at Internet Church
Of Christ. This is a good place to worship our Lord and Saviour, Jesus
Christ. You are invited and are welcome here at any time, Thanksgiving or
not. Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Opening Hymn
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

MIDI file at
file at
Words by Henry Alford, 1844. Music by George J. Elvey, 1858. Public
Domain. MIDI file is Public Domain, based on a Public domain MIDI file,
tweaked by Rev. Bill McGinnis. MP3 file is Public Domain, made from the
MIDI file, as shown.

Poetry reading by Sweet-Talk Girl, Public Domain,

(Read while you listen.)

Come, ye thankful people, come;
Raise the song of Harvest-home.
All be safely gathered in
Ere the winter storms begin;
God, our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied,
Come to God's own temple, come;
Raise the song of Harvest-home.

All the world is God's own field,
Fruit unto His praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown,
Unto joy or sorrow grown;
First the blade and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear.
Lord of harvest, grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

For the Lord, our God, shall come
And shall take His harvest home;
From His field shall in that day
All offences purge away;
Give His angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast,
But the fruitful ears to store
In His garner evermore.

Even so, Lord, quickly come
To Thy final Harvest-home;
Gather Thou Thy people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified,
In Thy garner to abide.
Come with all Thine angels, come,
Raise the glorious Harvest-home.


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Inviting the Lord To Be With Us Openly

Let's pray together now, to welcome the Lord to join us openly as we
worship Him.

O Lord, we come in thankfulness today,
To praise You for the blessings You bestow.
We gather in Your name to give our thanks
For all the many gifts You do provide.
Please be with us and join us here today,
And let us know Your presence in our midst.
In Jesus' holy name we pray, Amen.

The Lord's Prayer
MP3 digital audio file available at
FREE. Public Domain. Reading by Sweet-Talk Girl (TM)

(Read while you listen.)

The Lord, Himself, taught us to pray like this . . .

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Source: Book Of Common Prayer, based on
Matthew 6:9-13

* * *

"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father
will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their
trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
(Matthew 6:14-15 KJV)

* * *

Worship Poem
For The Beauty Of The Earth
MP3 poetry reading by Sweet-Talk Girl (TM)
located at - Public

(Read while you listen.)
FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH - by Folliott S. Pierpont, 1864
Public Domain

For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies;
For the love which from our birth,
Over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.

For the wonder of each hour,
Of the day and of the night;
Hill and vale and tree and flow'r,
Sun and moon, and stars of light;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of ear and eye,
For the heart and mind's delight;
For the mystic harmony,
Linking sense to sound and sight;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child;
Friends on Earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.

For Thy church that evermore,
Lifteth holy hands above;
Off'ring up on ev'ry shore,
Her pure sacrifice of love;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.


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Scriptures And Teachings: Thanksgiving Documents
George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation
[New York, 3 October 1789]

(Read while listening)
By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of
Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and
humbly to implore his protection and favor--and whereas both Houses of
Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the
People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be
observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of
Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to
establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November
next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that
great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good
that was, that is, or that will be--That we may then all unite in
rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks--for his kind care and
protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a
Nation--for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable
interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the tranquillity,
union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed--for the peaceable and
rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions
of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national
One now lately instituted--for the civil and religious liberty with which
we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful
knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he
hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and
supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to
pardon our national and other transgressions--to enable us all, whether in
public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties
properly and punctually--to render our national government a blessing to
all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and
constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed--to
protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have
shewn kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and
concord--To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and
virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us--and generally to
grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone
knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in
the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington


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The Mayflower Compact - 1620
Mayflower Compact 1620
Agreement Between the Settlers at New Plymouth : 1620
IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal
Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of
Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c.
Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian
Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first
Colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly
and mutually, in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine
ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and
Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid: And by Virtue hereof
do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances,
Acts, Constitutions, and Officers, from time to time, as shall be thought
most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony; unto which we
promise all due Submission and Obedience. IN WITNESS whereof we have
hereunto subscribed our names at Cape-Cod the eleventh of November, in the
Reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland,
the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, Anno Domini; 1620.

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Thanksgiving Poem
"A Thanksgiving Poem," By Paul Laurence Dunbar
Poem written in standard English, by Paul Laurence Dunbar, with MP3
Audio Reading by Rev. Bill McGinnis

(Read while you listen.)
MP3 reading at


The sun hath shed its kindly light,
Our harvesting is gladly o'er
Our fields have felt no killing blight,
Our bins are filled with goodly store.

From pestilence, fire, flood, and sword
We have been spared by thy decree,
And now with humble hearts, O Lord,
We come to pay our thanks to thee.

We feel that had our merits been
The measure of thy gifts to us,
We erring children, born of sin,
Might not now be rejoicing thus.

No deed of ours hath brought us grace;
When thou were nigh our sight was dull,
We hid in trembling from thy face,
But thou, O God, wert merciful.

Thy mighty hand o'er all the land
Hath still been open to bestow
Those blessings which our wants demand
From heaven, whence all blessings flow.

Thou hast, with ever watchful eye,
Looked down on us with holy care,
And from thy storehouse in the sky
Hast scattered plenty everywhere.

Then lift we up our songs of praise
To thee, O Father, good and kind;
To thee we consecrate our days;
Be thine the temple of each mind.

With incense sweet our thanks ascend;
Before thy works our powers pall;
Though we should strive years without end,
We could not thank thee for them all.

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Prayer For You - (If You Need It)
For Thankfulness - (If You Need It)
I pray that you are thankful in your heart
For all the many blessings God bestows.
He owes you nothing, yet he gives you life,
And lets you have the freedom that you crave.
You only hurt yourself by blaming Him
For all the problems that you have.
And Satan takes delight to see you frown
And rage against your Maker, Who provides,
If only you will recognize His love.
In Jesus' name I pray for you, Amen.

by William McGinnis - Public Domain
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Holy Communion
A ceremony for Holy Communion is available to you HERE! -
If you are alone, you will needed to be both "Leader" and "Assembly," as
described in the ceremony.

Closing Hymn
We Gather Together To Ask The Lord's Blessing

Words translated by Theodore Baker, 1894. Music is a Dutch melody arranged
by Edward Kremser, 1877. MIDI arrangement and sequence by Bill McGinnis.
Everything here is Public Domain.
MIDI file located at p>

(Read while you listen.)

WE GATHER TOGETHER - Netherlands folk hymn, translated by
Theodore Baker (1851-1934) - Public Domain

We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing,
Sing praises to His name: He forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side, All glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!


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As we complete our worship service today, I leave you with this blessing .
. .


For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ,
Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his
glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the
inner man;
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye,
being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the
breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,
that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above
all that we ask or think, according to the power that
worketh in us,
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout
all ages, world without end. Amen.


This worship service is now completed. Go in peace.
Rev. Bill McGinnis

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