DEVOTION: Psalm 138 (ESV)
"Give Thanks to the Lord" Of David.
138 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
2 I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.[a]
3 On the day I called, you answered me;
my strength of soul you increased.[b]
4 All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord,
for they have heard the words of your mouth,
5 and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
for great is the glory of the Lord.
6 For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly,
but the haughty he knows from afar.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
and your right hand delivers me.
8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.
Why do we need to thank God for what he gives us? Does he need our thanks? Is he going to be offended if we don't thank him? Is he going to take away his blessings if we fail to thank him for them?
As with any thanksgiving, the benefits to the receiver are minimal. The real reason we give thanks is for ourselves, to realize how blessed we truly are. When we truly thank God, not with meaningless platitudes but with the heart, we are even blessed in our thanksgiving. The gift and the giver of the gift have so much more meaning to us when we are thankful!
Are you thankful for God's gifts today? Let's count just some of those gifts and see how thankful we really are
I could go on all day.
Be sure to thank God for all that he has given you today. Do it for your own good, well-being and joy!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for all of Your blessings to me, too numerous to count. Help me to be as thankful as I can be so that You can bless me more! Amen.
Fri- Youth return from NYG
Sat- Church basement reserved noon; Worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11; Church basement reserved 11am
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Zack Hoelscher 11- Hannah Johnson
Ushers- Alan Hofeldt, Tim Linke, Rich Talbert, Don Turnure
Altar- Set up- Marilyn Foster and Sue Ruhl; Clean Up- Cheryl Bettlach
Elders- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- Don Turnure; 11- Jim Rahn
Greeters- 8:30- Randy and Patty Sweet; 11- Joan Sexton
Lay Readers- Sat- Sandra Perricone 8:30- Christy Winn; 11- Jim Rahn
Piano (Saturday and Sunday)- Molly Hendershot
Projectionists: Sat- ???? ; 8:30- Erv Yoder; 11- Gus
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Where is Cush?
Directions to the range: DO NOT follow the signs to Whetstone Creek. If you follow the signs, you will not go to the firearms range. From Warrenton take I-70 to the Williamsburg exit. At the top of the ramp turn right and head north into Williamsburg. At the first stop sign go straight (Sign will tell you to turn left to go to Whetstone Creek CA - do not turn left). At the second stop sign go straight. Road will turn to gravel as you leave Williamsburg. Once road turns to gravel it is approximately 2.3 miles to the range on the right. Parking lot is before the range.
Here's how it works: