Portland News

November 19, 2017

Sunday Morning Thanksgiving Service

A Thanksgiving service was held Sunday morning, November 19, and the orchestra began in a spirit of gratitude as they played “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” and “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.” The choir then joined them for a grand version of the song “How Great Is Our God,” which included a Scripture reading by Butch Carey from Philippians 4:6-7 and Psalm 145:1-13. Verses 8-10 of the second reading said, “The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.” Indeed, the saints have many reasons to bless the Lord, and their purpose on Sunday morning was to do just that.

The congregation sang several hymns of praise, including “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” and “All the Glory Belongs to Jesus.” After prayer, a trio of Worthington sisters—Victoria, Mikayla, and Emmaline—harmonized beautifully in “Blessed Be the Name.” Tom Pricskett then read Psalm 139:14-18 for the Scripture reading, declaring, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee” (verses 17-18).

For last special, a ladies’ choir (pictured above) accompanied Peter Moberg in singing “Thank You.” Following this, Darrel Lee gave the morning message on the topic of counting your blessings. He pointed out that God is eternal and infinite, yet the Bible encourages people to at least attempt to measure things that are truly measureless. For example, the Scripture reading stated that God’s thoughts about each person are innumerable, yet the Psalmist still made the comparison of stating that they are more than the sand. Likewise, God’s blessings in our lives are without number, yet it is good for us to try to enumerate them. During the message Brother Darrel counted a few of them: God’s love that reaches the soul that is lost in sin; redemption available to the repentant sinner; power to live with victory over sin; the hope of Heaven someday—the list could go on and on! Brother Darrel closed by encouraging all to spend some time counting their blessings.

Watch the full service in the Media Center.