When we get together to celebrate Thanksgiving, we naturally thank God for all of the blessings that come into our lives. We thank God for the food he provides, the people he lets come into our lives, the good health that we enjoy, etc. This year, we will be taking a look at all the blessings our God has given us through the lens of the state that we love, the good old Badger State of Wisconsin. We hope that you will enjoy this local look at our blessings from God.
Pastor: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
Congregation: (Sung) Amen.
P: God invites us to come into his presence with humble and penitenthearts. Therefore, let us acknowledge our sinfulness and ask him to forgive us.
C: Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful, and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good. For this I de-serve your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray: Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.
P: God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given his only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all of your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Shout with joy to God, all the earth!
Sing the glory of his name; make his
Praise our God, O peoples,
let the sound of his praise be heard.
He has preserved our lives
and kept our feet from slipping.
Come and listen, all you who fear God;
let me tell you what he has done for me.
If I had cherished sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened;
but God has surely listened
and heard my voice in prayer.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Part One: A Door County Autumn
Psalm 95:1-5: 1Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 2Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. 3For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. 4In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. 5The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Romans 1:20: Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
Part Two: A Wisconsin Cornucopia
Psalm 65:9-13: 9You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. 10You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. 11You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. 12The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness. 13The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.
1 Corinthians 10:31: Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Part Three: A Wisconsin Homecoming
Psalm 127: 1Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. 2In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves. 3Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. 4Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. 5Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.
Part Four: A Vicarious Packer Victory
2 Corinthians 5:17-21: 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Lord of heaven and earth, you made all things beautiful. You have provided green forests and refreshing streams. You have arranged the orderly procession of day and night for our work and rest.
Thank you for the mountains and the prairies, the roaring sea, and the breeze.
Thank you for roofs that shelter us, for clothing that protects us, and for food and drink. Thank you for our work, for projects that are done well, and for the approval of supervisors and teachers. Thank you for all who serve at night to make our days more pleasant.
Thank you for associates at work and for the joys of human friendships.
Thank you for our cities and our countrysides, for farms and factories, for streets and highways, and for all of life that flows so swiftly before us.
Thank you for children at play, for their energy and joy.
Thank you for the morning greetings we receive, and for all the smiles that come from faces loved by you.
Thank you for Christian parents, for their affection and their care.
Thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ, for his coming to us in Word and sacraments, for his giving and forgiving, and for listening to our prayers. Receive our gifts and offerings as our sacrifice of praise
Lead us in thankful living today and always. Amen.
Heavenly Father, may all revere you, and become your dutiful children and faithful subjects. May your laws be obeyed on earth as perfectly as they are in Heaven. Provide for us this day as you have hitherto daily done. Forgive us our sins, and enable us likewise to forgive those that offend us. Keep us out of temptation, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.
P: The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with his favor and give you peace.
C: (Sung) Amen! Amen! Amen!
Welcome: We are glad that you could worship with us for this service. If you are going to be traveling for this holiday weekend, we wish you the Lord’s. A happy Thanksgiving to you all! If you are traveling during this holiday season, we pray you a safe journey to your destination and back to home sweet home.
Thanks: We thank all those who donated produce to make this year’s cornucopia so special and beautiful.
Christmas Decorating: We will be decorating our church for Christmas some time in the next couple of weeks (the time and date hadn’t been set at the writing of this bulletin. We will not be decorating as much as we usually do. Please look for further announcements on this.
Christmas Poinsettias: If you would like to donate any poinsettias for this Christmas season, please contact Amy Baumgart.
Christmas Brunch: One of the many things that fell victim to Covid-19 is our annual Christmas Brunch. We didn’t be have it last year. We are Planning on having the brunch on December 5 at 9:30 AM. If you would like to come, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex.
Christmas Movies at St. Paul’s: For our Christmas Day service this year, we are taking a look at how the secular world observes Christmas. In anticipation of that, we are going to be having a different kind of “film festival” this year at church. On the three Mondays in December leading up to Christmas, we are going to be showing Christmas movies that are secular in nature, but show how the message of Christmas can change lives. On December 6, we will be showing the 1951 version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This is, in the opinion of many people, the very best and most complete cinematic version of this short novel. In it, we see how the spirit of Christmas changes Ebenezer Scrooge from a miserly skinflint into someone filled with a generous spirit of love. On December 13, we will be watching two television specials: A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Each of these lovely short tales shows how Christmas brings joy to the world. Finally, on December 20, we will be watching Home Alone. When people think of that movie, they usually think of the crazy slapstick that takes up the last third of the movie. There is a very sweet heart to this movie, though. That’s seen especially in the relationship that develops between Kevin (the boy who is home alone) and the “scary” older man in the neighborhood. All are invited to come to these showings. Your are more than welcome to invite your friends and relatives to these movies as well. We will be talking a little bit at each showing about how the true meaning of Christmas brings true change and meaning to our lives.