SPECIAL Gratitude – Debbie/Susan
SCRIPTURE Luke 17:11-19
WORSHIP Raise A Hallelujah – Debbie
Only You – Mike
Come To The Alter – Debbie
TEACHING – Cultivating Thankfulness
CLOSING SONG – Speak To The Mountains – Susan
November 19, 2023
CARRYING IN THE LIGHT – LIGHTING THE ALTAR CANDLES
CALL TO WORSHIP – Choir
HYMN – We Gather Together Page 790
WELCOME – Joys & Concerns – Worship Leader
BLESSING OF TITHES AND OFFERING – DOXOLOGY
HYMN – Come Ye Thankful People Page 797
SCRIPTURE – Luke 17:11-19
SERMON – Cultivating Thankfulness
CLOSING HYMN – Count Your Blessings Page 786
CARRYING THE LIGHT OUT INTO THE WORLD
I. The Lepers
a. Luke 17:11-19
b. The term “leprosy” 55 times in the OT, 13 times in the NT.
c. Hansen’s disease, for many centuries, leprosy was considered a curse.
d. A disease of the nervous system
e. Far beyond the physical, it made them social outcasts.
f. “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” As they went, they were cleansed.
g. One man responded very differently than the others.
h. Of all the people to come back and find Jesus…a Samaritan??
a. Why is it so hard to be thankful?
b. In fact, often it can be really hard to be thankful.
c. We know God commands us to be thankful in all things, but
sometimes it’s just plain hard.
d. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “give thanks in all circumstances…”
e. Mixed messages – you deserve this…you’ve worked hard…
f. James 1:17 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above…
g. If we receive good things as coming from God…
h. Speed bumps on the road to thankfulness.
III. Practicing Thankfulness
a. A few key strategies…
b. Slow down
c. Speech therapy…
d. I’m going to say a word and I want you to say it with me.
e. Colossians 3:15
f. Psalm 46:10
g. Lock up your phone
h. Practice the art of reflection
i. Pay attention.
j. Practice BEING thankful