We Praise God for Sustaining Life in and through His Word
The Church resounds with thanksgiving for the earth’s bountiful harvest, crops of wheat and grains, all beneath the blessing of God’s compassion. But “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deut. 8:1–10). The Church is the vessel through which the Word of God goes into the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the Holy Scripture which proclaims Jesus as the sole source of life, health, and wholeness. It is Jesus who heals lepers with His Word, “Go show yourselves to the priests” (Luke 17:11–19). Of the ten cleansed, only one expresses thanksgiving back to Jesus. But true gratitude proceeds from a heart sustained by faith. Jesus bids this one Samaritan to “rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” So also, we are sent from our Sunday Service, strengthen in our faith by the Prayers (worship, intercessions, and sacraments) and God's Teaching to be thankful in our circumstances of plenty and hunger, abundance and need (Phil. 4:6–20).