Pastor Greg starts off Chapel talking about thanksgiving and why we should be thankful.
Thanksgiving was declared a National Holiday in 1879 in Canada and then further explained in 1957, when the Canadian Parliament announced that on the second Monday in October would be a Thanksgiving Day; a day of general thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed.
There is a one reason for thanksgiving – Thanking God for the bountiful harvest we have in Canada.
- Celebrate those we have created thanks by giving to you.
- For all that He has done for us (Exodus 13:3)
- For all things in Christ (Ephesians 5:20)
- In all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
- Your family
- Honour our parents
- Give honour where honour is due
- Your teachers
- For the government and those in authority over us – parents, teachers pastors, police, etc.
So it seems that we are to celebrate those who have given to us and created thanks in us!
WE ARE TO BE THANKFUL PEOPLE. Why?
- It takes our mind off of ourselves and our situations and places our thoughts above! It doesn’t matter what you don’t have, we all have something to celebrate and give thanks for.
- It is an act of faith which pleases God. When we express thanks when we don’t feel like it, it pleases God! He loves faith, in fact, the Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God.
As Pastor Greg says he is about to wrap up his message, he states that he has a CHALLENGE for everyone… Celebrate those we have created thanks by giving to you but also celebrate thanks by giving to others so they can celebrate.
Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured out into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Learn to be a giver and you will create greater thanks in others and greater joy in yourself – It comes back to you!
He then begins with a story, he was graduating with a theology degree, his wife was 7 months pregnant with their first child and they were broke; no piggy bank, no money in the bank, and no bottle to return to the bottle depot. Thankfully someone in the church gave him a congratulations card for his accomplishment in finishing his degree, inside the card was a crisp $50 bill! He carried it with him to the grad ceremony, upon leaving he noticed a young woman sitting outside the banquet with a sad distant look on her face. He felt God tell him to give the $50 to her and tell her that God loved her. Instead he walked away, how could he give that $50 when it was all they had?
Walking away and arguing with God all the way to the car, he rested upon the thought that because this was a gift for his graduation he should just be thankful so surely this wasn’t God telling him to give it away.
The next day at church, a friend gave him a cheque for $500, it was a bitter-sweet moment, more bitter than sweet, as he realized that he had missed out on an opportunity to give and show God’s love to the young woman. He hadn’t created thanks by being a giver.
He then goes on to say that he told this story because we all have something to give when you think you have nothing, you have yourself to give; A smile, a helping hand, a kind word etc.
The sermon ended with Pastor Greg pulling out a huge handful of $5 bills with a note attached to each of them. His challenge was for each of us to use that $5 to give to someone else to create thanks and celebration in others.
The whole day students could be heard discussing what they would do with that $5; one of which was planning to take the money to Higher Grounds and buy a leaf to put on the giving tree so that someone in need could get a hot drink or meal.