Portland News

November 22, 2020

Sunday Morning Service

The Thanksgiving service on Sunday, November 22, provided a reminder that with God leading our lives, we have much to be grateful for. The blessings of God were highlighted throughout the meeting in the music, Scripture readings, and message.

The service opened with an organ prelude by Shawn Worthington, which included “Now Thank We All Our God.” Then Psalm 8 was read asking, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (verse 4). Due to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases, no sanctuary audience was present. However, Gary Riler led the online viewers in several songs with help from a vocal ensemble, including Jennifer, Genevieve, and Emmaline Worthington with David and Victoria Heintz. Among the songs was “We Are So Blessed.”

A second Scripture reading was of Psalm 100, which encourages all to “enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” The Psalm offers good reason for such jubilation stating, “For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations” (verses 4-5).

In “Thanksgiving and Praise Medley,” a vocal ensemble sang of the help, hope, shelter, and eternal home provided by God. Then Luke 17:11-19 was read, giving the account of Jesus healing ten lepers, and only one thanking Him.

Before the message, a ladies’ trio (Jennifer and Emmaline Worthington, and Victoria Heintz) sang “I’ve Been Blessed.” Dave Lambert took his text from Ephesians 5:19-20 and spoke on the importance of gratitude. He said we have much to be thankful for; God has provided for all our needs, including salvation. It is important that we acknowledge all He has done in our lives and thank Him for it. With our focus on God’s goodness toward us, life’s problems will seem small in comparison.

Victoria Heintz sang “He’ll See You Through,” and then the service closed with prayer. It was a wonderful reminder of how blessed we are.

Watch the full service in the Media Center.