I absolutely love songs of thanksgiving! Â In fact, for years I have wanted to put together a Thanksgiving Songs CD to have on hand to play during the Autumn season, much like we have for Christmastime. Â In my mind the music would have a sort of folksy quality to it that reminds you of sitting outside on a blanket in the crisp air, drinking apple cider and watching the children play in the leaves. Â *happy sigh*
It was this dream that made me decide to put together a Family Thanksgiving Worship Service. Â I followed the same idea as our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service and created an order of service that took various Psalms and matched them with hymns of thanksgiving. Â In the free download, you will find one page that has all the links to the Scripture references on BibleGateway as well as links to the music on YouTube. Â On the second page, you will find an unlinked copy, or “clean copy”, of the service for printing. Â And on the third page, you will find a few notations from our family, copyright information, and links to the hymn lyrics themselves so you can print them off and learn the hymns.
I hope this will become a family tradition in our household and yours!
Some ideas on how to implement the Family Thanksgiving Worship Service:
*Gather everyone right before bedtime in a comfortable place in your home. Â Give each child a verse from the service to read. Â Do the thanksgiving prayer time as your bedtime prayers for the night.
*Sit outside on a blanket on a nice Fall day with hot apple cider or hot cocoa and snacks. Â Read the verses and sing, enjoying the beauty around you.
*Invite others to your home to share an Autumn meal. Â Begin the evening with the Thanksgiving service and then enjoy a time of fellowship.
*Use the Family Thanksgiving Service as the prelude to your Thanksgiving Day festivities.