Let’s make our September Day of Prayer a day of thanksgiving. I know that thanksgiving often accompanies feasting more than fasting, and we certainly have needs we can and should pray for with fasting.
I have been overwhelmed recently with the generosity of grace that the Lord has given New Life Church. Would you join me and spending extra time returning thanks?
I will offer some items below to get you started, but it would be time well spent to simply review some of the things you love about our church and express your gratitude to the Lord for them.
Our executive team met last night, and we were struck with the significance of the opportunities God is bringing our way and we are thankful for them.
We are overwhelmed with the generosity of people at New Life Church. Over and over, month after month, God has provided for us through the faithful stewardship of so many of you. Because of that, we can consider some of these opportunities.
I am grateful for everything from the leadership on the executive team to the recent improvements in our facilities to the generous musicians that serve us every week.
I’m thankful for the spirit of unity that is evident every Sunday.
I’m thankful for husbands and wives who love each other and parents who shepherd their children to follow Jesus.
I’m thankful for the skillfulness, efficiency and heart for ministry that Kim has in our church office.
I’m thankful we get to have an outdoor service together on Sunday.
I’m thankful for the pastoral team I get to work with.
I’m grateful for decades of faithfulness to the gospel that our church has enjoyed.
I’m thankful for our relationships with CB Northwest, and Western Seminary.
I’m overwhelmed when I consider the impact our church has had around the world through the missionaries that we have sent. I’m grateful that we can engage as missionaries right here at home.
I’m thankful for coffee cart ministry that has served students at West Linn high school for over 20 years. I’m thankful for Regeneration's outreach to Clackamas Community College.
I’m so, so grateful for God’s leading with our recovery houses. I’m thankful David Goetchius is leading in coordinating them. (Please pray for him).
I’m thankful for the kindness, the generosity, and the longsuffering of our seniors. I can’t believe that they have been so patient with me for so long as their pastor.
I can’t begin to express my gratitude for so many men and women who are doing their very best to serve Jesus in and through New Life Church. What a beautiful thing to witness!
I’m thankful for my life group. I’m thankful for the life group leadership of so many that enables everyone in New Life Church to have a place of community and belonging.
I’m grateful that we can serve as a team. I love that you get a variety of people who bring sermons on Sunday mornings and multiple teams of musicians to lead us in worship.
I’m thankful we can be a multi-site church so that we can be reminded that God’s kingdom is bigger than what we experience day-to-day. It gives us the cause to be unselfish and humble as we seek to glorify Jesus and extends God’s rule throughout our world.
I’m grateful that when people come to church on Sunday morning they invariably tell us how friendly people are and how much people work to make them feel at home.
I could go on... but, would you please join me in giving thanks to the Father for what he is doing and has done in and through New Life Church?
The text from which I’m preaching on Sunday is a prayer. It reaches its climax when it invites us to give thanks to the Father with joy (Colossians 1:9-12). Would you share my joy on this day of prayer and express your gratitude to the Father?