Portland News

November 24, 2019

Thanksgiving Service

The Thanksgiving service on Sunday morning, November 24, opened with the orchestra playing “The Heart of Worship” with “Come Thou Fount,” and then “Praise Him” with “All Creatures of Our God and King.” Then the choir join them for “God of My Praise,” which says, “Exalt the Lord our Holy God, bow down before His feet, and we will worship Him with hallowed hearts; our praise belongs to Him.” It was a beautiful start to the service!

The congregation also had a chance to sing, including the much-loved hymns “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” and “How Great Thou Art.” Later, a young octet (pictured above) gave an inspiring rendition of “10,000 Reasons,” and for the last special the combined choir sang “Thank You,” with Victoria Heintz as soloist. She sang, “Thank You for salvation; Thank You for unending grace; Thank You for Your hope; Thank You for this life You gave.”

The Scripture reading from Luke 10:17-20 was given by Clark Wolfe, and then Dave Lambert brought the message which was focused on having a heart of gratitude. He pointed out that the Bible teaches the importance of having a grateful attitude, and even non-religious people can see that there are real benefits to doing so. Yet, to attempt to be a grateful person without believing in God is a contradiction, because all our thanks must be directed to Him as the source of every blessing. Brother Dave gave some practical advice in saying that Christians can cultivate a grateful heart by focusing on what God has given them—the many spiritual and earthly blessings—and not focusing on other people’s lives or things they may lack. He reiterated that the free gift of salvation from sin and our eternal home in Heaven are enough to keep us all grateful to God for the rest of our lives!

Watch the full service in the Media Center.