Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
November 19, 2017 at 10:45 AM
Subject
Thanksgiving: An Ongoing Obligation
Description

Thanksgiving: An Ongoing Obligation
“O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name:…remember his marvelous works that he hath done…” ( Ps. 105:1, 5).
Thursday of this week, our nation will again observe
Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Already, there are
predictions being made by national, state, and local
organizations on the number of travels more than
50 miles from home, the price for gasoline, the highway
death tolls, the afternoon and early night activities and
the impact of Black Friday. It is, further, the beginning of
the holiday season.
While that one day event brings joy, excitement, and
anticipations during the Christmas and its brief aftermath,
it must be remembered that the original Thanksgiving was
for religious, food, and festivities. In fact, the Pilgrims’s
was consisted with textual base of this 2015 sermon as
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noted in Psalm 105:1 “…to give thanks unto the Lord…make
known his deed among the people” – that they did by inviting
the Native Americans.
A casual view of contemporary American society lucidly
discloses a shift from the original purpose of Thanksgiving
to a materialistic focus. The current emphasis is a one day
off from work, a weekend for the school population, a sale
pitches in the merchant network, travel, food, games, and
movies. Sadly, little attention is devoted to worship
services.
Our sermon for this Thanksgiving season has been
planned as a regular Sunday AM worship, but to also
call attention to need for a value in embracing biblical
teachings on the act of giving thanks to the Lord. It was,
therefore, entitled – Thanksgiving: An Ongoing Process.
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It will include the following dimensions, namely: to whom
should thanks be given?, for what should thanks be given,
and what is your pattern of thanksgiving?
As background to this topic of thanksgiving, it is herein
acknowledged that an array of persons, events,
accomplishments, ideas, religions, and Deities – all are
included in an assessment of where thanks should be
given. Within the human arena, thanks should be given to
parents, family members, friends, and numerous other
person who have impacted one life. At the higher level,
which is the focus of this sermon, thanks must first be
given to the Almighty God.
The Bible contains many teachings on the need of and
urgency to give thanks to God, often referred to as the Lord.
Hence, two of the three textual questions will be lifted from

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the Word, also known as the Bible. This assertion leads to
the first question, which is, to whom should thanks be
given?. Symbolically, the answer leaps out to us which is
everyone should give thanks unto the Lord. It is, therefore,
noted in Psalm 105:1 “O give thanks unto the Lord: call upon
his name: make known his deeds among the people.” Just
two Psalms over is a reaffirmation of the need to give
thanks unto the Lord. Thus, it is written, “O give thanks unto
the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever”.
( Psalm 107: 1 ). There is a plethora of scriptural teachings
not here included that document the need and methods to
give thanks to God; in the interest of time, however, just
two additional ones are herein presented. They both address
the manner in which believers should approach the Lord.
“Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and

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make a joyful noise unto him with psalm.” ( Psalm 95: 2 ).
The next citation is Psalm 100: 4 “Enter into his gates with
thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful
unto him, and bless his name.”
Bringing this focus to a close, attention will now be
directed to the second textual question which is – for
what should thanks be given? First, it should be given
for God being the eternal absolute as noted in Exodus
20:3. “Thou shall have no other gods ( notice small
s that signifies idol beings and this writer adds persons,
and statues ) before me. Beloved, this assurance means
that we believers are securely anchored in an eternal,
unchangeable, and everlasting Being – a fact that we should
joyfully proclaim. We should thank God, secondly, for being
The Triune God: during creation God was the creator, to
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provide a lamb without blemish for the original sin of
humankind, God became the Word in Flesh, and following
the ascension of the Risen Word God dispatched the
Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost; hence, humanity has
access to the Three in One. We should, thirdly, thank
God for just being God. From that Divine Power, we – the
believers can seek succor to endure the trials and
tribulations on the sojourn of life. We can, with confidence,
utter to God: hear our prayer O Lord, be merciful unto
me O Lord, forgive our sins and trespasses, let an angel
of mercy keep watch of us while we sleep, and if we should
expire during the night grant us the comfort of peace in
the valley of death. Oh! Beloved, I had better move to the
final question of this sermon because tears of joy are
flowing down my cheeks and partially blocking a view
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of the computer screen. But back to the final question
of this 2017 Thanksgiving message; it is an inquiry
directed to you our hearers and readers. The question is –
what is your pattern of thanksgiving? Is it a daily part of
your life, it is an utterance when you receive or attain a
desired goal? It is an action initiated with the Thanksgiving
weekend? Is it a response that surfaces during the
communion service? Or is it an expression when you
avoid a near accident? Well, Beloved, in closing an
appeal is made for you to again note the subject and
strive to make it a part of your spiritual life, starting
today, continuing tomorrow, and lasting forever. Amen.
Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

of giving thanks to God. Hence, two of the three components
of this sermon will depend heavily on the Word. The first one
is, who should give thanks to God. As noted in the textual
anchor every one should give thanks unto the Lord. ( Ps.
105:1 ).
Ps 136, 132 ;6, 79.12, 13; 3o.4,
from the rising of the sun until the going down of thesame
Thou shalt have no other gods before me” Ex. 20:3
It is good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to singpraises unto thy name.. P2 92:P1
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, andmake a joyful noise unto his with psalms.  P. 95:2

 

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy
endureth forever. P 107: 1
Ps. 136. I-9 some dimensions of his powers
Ps. 130: 1 – 18 God’s knowledge of every individual

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his
courts with praise; BE THANKRFUL UNTO HIM, AND BLESS  his name.” P. 100:4
Ps. 148 By whom shall God be praises and given thanks?
Amen and Happy Thanksgiving.

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