Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Faith

Living in repentance, confessing our sin and receiving God's  absolution, His forgiveness, is the life of highest thanksgiving. We have nothing to offer Him in thanksgiving that He hasn’t first given  to us – except for our sin. So He simply calls on us to believe in His  Son, so that He might continue being your God and supplying your every  need forever. This is why the Lord’s Supper is also called the  Eucharist, the Greek word for thanksgiving. As we come to receive His  body and blood we also offer our sins to him in faith and thanksgiving  for the forgiveness we are certain to receive in His holy meal.

The life of thanksgiving faith is lived in simple service to all of  those around us, not in order to earn anything before God, but because He already has given us everything we need. Honoring and serving our neighbors we both receive what we need and provide what our neighbor needs for daily bread and life.

If you would like to read or listen to the sermon preached for Thanksgiving Eve, click on this link:

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