21 Nov
  1. What do you like about it?
  2. What you do not like about it?
  3. What did you not understand?
  4. What would you add or what would you take out of it?




General Purpose: Doctrinal.
Specific Purpose: Remember to congregation what a Thanksgiving   Day is.
Key Word: To give thanks.
Proposal: Each day is a Thanksgiving Day for a pilgrim.
Text: Psalm 39 (beginning), 1st Peter   2:1-12 (everyone), Preach (various)


IT being the indispensable duty of all Nations, not only to offer up their supplications to ALMIGHTY GOD, the giver of all good, for his gracious assistance in a time of distress, but also in a solemn and public manner to give him praise for his goodness in general, and especially for great and signal interpositions of his providence in their behalf: Therefore the United States in Congress assembled, taking into their consideration the many instances of divine goodness to these States, in the course of the important conflict in which they have been so long engaged; the present happy and promising state of public affairs; and the events of the war, in the course of the year now drawing to a close; particularly the harmony of the public Councils, which is so necessary to the success of the public cause; the perfect union and good understanding which has hitherto subsisted between them and their Allies, notwithstanding the artful and unwearied attempts of the common enemy to divide them; the success of the arms of the United States, and those of their Allies, and the acknowledgment of their independence by another European power, whose friendship and commerce must be of great and lasting advantage to these States:—– Do hereby recommend to the inhabitants of these States in general, to observe, and request the several States to interpose their authority in appointing and commanding the observation of THURSDAY the twenty-eight day of NOVEMBER next, as a day of solemn THANKSGIVING to GOD for all his mercies: and they do further recommend to all ranks, to testify to their gratitude to GOD for his goodness, by a cheerful obedience of his laws, and by promoting, each in his station, and by his influence, the practice of true and undefiled religion, which is the great foundation of public prosperity and national happiness.

Done in Congress, atPhiladelphia, the eleventh day of October, in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty-two, and of our Sovereignty andIndependence, the seventh.

More than 2 centuries has gone since this Proclamation was issued, the World and States had changed a lot, and not ever for good.

The biggest meal of the day for the colonists was eaten atnoonand it was callednoonmeat or dinner. The housewives would spend part of their morning cooking that meal. Supper was a smaller meal that they had at the end of the day. Breakfast tended to be leftovers from the previous day’snoonmeat.

In a pilgrim household, the adults sat down to eat and the children and servants waited on them. The foods that the colonists and Wampanoag Indians ate were very similar, but their eating patterns were different. While the colonists had set eating patterns–breakfast, dinner, and supper–the Wampanoags tended to eat when they were hungry and to have pots cooking throughout the day. Today, Thanksgiving Day is observed by church services and family reunions; the customary turkey dinner is a reminder of the wildfowl served at the Pilgrims’ celebration.

But what is the real message in Thanksgiving Day?

Who celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the disposition of the pilgrims, giving thanks to Jesus?



1) When to give thanks?

1st Thessalonians 5.16-18 Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Perhaps you had thought: how to be joyful all the time? How to be praying all the day?

And may be, your conclusion is that it’s impossible.

You know, you are right, it is impossible; it’s impossible when you are pursuing happiness, when you only ask for more and more in your prays; yes, it’s impossible, because your heart is in earthly treasures.

Now, try another way, be grateful, and then rejoice and pray with His strength.

Thanksgiving Day is for every day.

2) Where to give thanks?

Philippians 4.5-7 Always be gentle with others. The Lord will soon be here. Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.

In Greek, gentle is the word ἐπιεικής [epiikís], translates as “gentle” three times, “patient” once, and “moderation” also once.

Try to image how your life could be, if you are gentle to everyone, in any place that you step; try to image how it could be, if Jesus lives through thee.

Gratitude will be shown in every where, if not for all, yes for a lot.

Thanksgiving Day is for every where.

3) Why to give thanks.

Colossians 3.15 Each one of you is part of the body of Christ, and you were chosen to live together in peace. So let the peace that comes from Christ control your thoughts. And be grateful.

The only way in which you could be part of the body of Christ, is because you were born not only by water, but by the Spirit; why to give thanks? because The Word became a human being and lived here with us. We saw his true glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. From him all the kindness and all the truth of God have come down to us. (John 1.14)

Because: the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1.17)

Worship is not only to sing praises, it’s also be grateful.

Thanksgiving Day is for every member.



Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United Statescommemorating the Pilgrims’ celebration of the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony in 1621, after a winter of great starvation and privation. The celebration was probably held in October. The neighboring Wampanoags, who outnumbered the colonists, joined them for three days and contributed food to the celebration. The first proclaimed day of thanksgiving in the colony was not held until 1623 (probably at the end of July), following an improvement in prospects for the still struggling colony, and was a day of prayer, not feasting.

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. Hebrews 11.13-16

I think and strongly believe, that we need to rescue the faith of the pilgrims, to worship Jesus with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the mind. We must to remember to give thanks at the only One Lord, Jesus Christ, and no more.


Each day is a Thanksgiving Day for a pilgrim!


Th. D. Hugo A. Gomez.




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