Sometimes it is a question of what name we call God when we say our prayers of gratitude. There are grand-sounding Hebrew words that are names for God: Yahweh, Elohim, Jehovah. Those names give us a sense of the magnitude and greatness of God. They express so much about who God is. They describe His character. When Jesus taught us to pray, however, he showed us a preference for a name — a way of addressing God that brought God very near to us. “When you pray,” he said, “Say, ‘Our Father’.” What a transforming idea. He is our Father. We are His children. And He has come close enough that he hears every word, feels every heartbeat, knows every concern. To praise God means that we acknowledge what is most true about God.
We reserve our greatest thanks for what we most desperately need, a Heavenly Father. For that we will praise His name forever.
Join us for worship tomorrow morning as our Praise Team, along with narrator Kathy Gordon, lead us in a musical celebration of Thanksgiving. Together, we will take the Lord’s Supper as part of our worship. All are welcome.