In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about the meaning of Thanksgiving from a Christian perspective.  Here are some excerpts:

“…[I]n anticipation of this national festival we have gathered here as a Christian community; so, let us take our Christian faith seriously and let us ask, this morning, what special significance Thanksgiving has for us as Christian believers…”

1. We thank God first of all for the wonder and, the mystery of our human existence

2. God has placed us in a land of abundance amidst a world of incredible poverty

“…The solemn fact this morning is this: except for the 60 Americans, and about 200 of our mythical 1,000 people who live in Western Europe and belong to the privileged classes in certain other nations, the other 75% of mankind is poor and ignorant and hungry and sick. And thus, it is with good reason that certain theologians have suggested that the really great moral dilemma of our time is the behavior of a Christian who, in the providence of God, has been placed in a land of abundance amidst a world of incredible poverty…”

3. We must see thanksgiving and ourselves this Thanksgiving Sunday in the light of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ

“…You know that God has blessed you far beyond your deserving. Here is a small thing you could do. Keep an accurate record of all you spend in your home this year on Thanksgiving and Christmas (and it will be a surprisingly sizable amount). Give at least the identical sum for the relief of poverty and the underprivileged both here in our own land, and in the pathetically impoverished countries of the world…”


The Christian Meaning of Thanksgiving.¬†Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


November 19, 1989

Psalm 103:2

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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