Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is often thought of as simply one form of prayer. Yet it underlies every form. Praise is always a thankful response for God’s grace. Confession gratefully presumes God’s acceptance, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Intercession asks for others what one has thankfully received for oneself. Petitionary prayer is but a grateful response to God’s mercies in the past. (Psalm 75:1; 92:1; 105:1-5; 106:1-2; 107:1-9; 136; Phil. 4:6; Col. 3:16-17)

—Donald Stake

Come to the Table 13

SEVEN ASPECTS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

1. Remembrance: The Lord’s Supper as a Memorial  (1 Corinthians 11:24-26)

2. Communion: The Lord’s Supper as Fellowship with Christ and with One Another  (1 Corinthians 10:14-17; 11:27-34)

3. Forgiveness: The Lord’s Supper as a Table of Mercy  (Matthew 26:26-28)

4. Covenant: The Lord’s Supper as a Renewal of Baptismal Vows  (Mark 14:22-25)

5. Nourishment: The Lord’s Supper as Bread from Heaven  (John 6:35-58)

6. Anticipation: The Lord’s Supper as a Declaration of Hope  (Luke 22:14-27)

7. Eucharist: The Lord’s Supper as a Joyous Thanksgiving Celebration  (Acts 2:46-47)


—Gordon T. Smith, A Holy Meal: The Lord’s Supper in the Life of the Church

Thankfulness

O Lord, that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.

—William Shakespeare in Henry VI, Part 2

Gratitude is the heart’s memory.

—Anonymous

Thou hast given to me so much . . . Give one thing more—a grateful heart.

—George Herbert (1593-1633)

In everything give thanks.

—1 Thessalonians 5:18

Be thankful for the smallest blessing, and you will deserve to receive greater. Value the least gifts no less than the greatest, and simple graces as especial favours. If you remember the dignity of the Giver, no gift will seem small or mean, for nothing can be valueless that is given by the most high God.

—Thomas a Kempis (1380-1471)

Count your blessings,
Name them one by one;
Count your blessings,
See what God has done.

—J. Oatman, Jr.

Thanks Be to God!

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.

—Cicero in ORATIO PRO CNAEO PLANCIO, XXXIII

Pride slays thanksgiving, but an humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.

—Henry Ward Beecher

The worship most acceptable to God comes from a thankful and cheerful heart.

—Plutarch, c. 100 A.D.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God

—Philippians 4:6