Thursday, November 22, 2007

This Thanksgiving Day

We give thanks for all that we have been given...for friends and family, for good food, for the Internet, for blessings large and small. May the awareness of these blessings stay with us and strengthen us through the year.

Psalm 100: 1-5

King James Version (KJV):
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord, he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

New International Version (NIV):
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

The Message:
On your feet now- applaud God!
Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence.
Know this: GOD is God, and God, GOD. He made us; we didn't make him. We're his people, his well-tended sheep.
Enter with the password: "Thank you!" Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him.
For God is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever.

The Word on the Street:
Let it rip! Let it out! Shout!
Let the planet pulse with songs that elevate, celebrate him:
Party songs, get-up-and-dance songs
'Bout the one who rights those wrongs!

Let it rip! Let it out! Shout,
'We know God makes us grow!'
Let there be no doubt, God is God; so elevate, celebrate him.
We belong, belong to him, sing along;
With him we'll sing those strong songs.

So come on in, party on up, give it on out;
Let the celebration in your soul shout out!
Let him know, let it show, throw your thanks about;
Spread his name around, bang the drum:
Make a solid sound with what you've found!

For God is top, large, in charge and pouring out
A barrage of good things! His love rings true,
Bringing in love when the new's not new;
Bringing in love from the future right through.
Bringing down love on everything you do.
So everybody sing, strong and true:
'He's top, till you drop- but he still don't stop!'

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