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Anglican Thanksgiving Prayer for the Harvest Most gracious God, by whose knowledge the depths are broken up and the clouds drop down the dew: We yield thee hearty thanks and praise for the return of seedtime and harvest, for the increase of the ground and the gathering in of its fruits Most gracious God, by whose knowledge the depths are broken up and the clouds drop down the dew: We yield you hearty thanks and praise for the return of seed-time and harvest, for the increase of the ground and the gathering in of its fruits, and for all the other blessings your merciful providence has bestowed upon this nation and people Thanksgiving: A Service of Gratitude. Description. Here are some prayers and resources for Thanksgiving worship. Scripture Psalm 95 Psalm 100 Psalm 103 Ephesians 5:19-21 Philippians 4:6 1 Thessalonians 5:18. Prayers Opening Prayer (based on Psalm 65:1-13) What mighty praise belongs to You, O God, for Your acts of love and faithfulness toward us. Thanksgiving Prayer for Harvest Time Loving God, all that we have comes from your goodness and the work of those who love us. Bless us and the food we share. Watch over those who care for us. Open our eyes to the needs of the poor during this time of harvest and thanksgiving. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

The Words of Thanksgiving for The Good Earth (food, water, trees, air, beach, meadows, mountains) The Hymn: For the Beauty of Meadows The Prayer of Thanksgiving (by Walter Rauschenbusch,.. Prayer Service - A Prayer for the Common Good. LEADER: Cognizant that the people we serve exist in communities and that we are called by God to protect the good of all, Catholic health care not only strives for the physical healing of the individual but seeks to promote the common good in the places we serve. Let us be attentive to the Word A collection of thanksgiving prayers about work. Almighty God, we praise you for all your gifts to us in creation. We acknowledge the skills with which we have been endowed, the materials available for our use and the opportunities to meet the needs of others

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  1. 50 Prayer Points For Harvest Of Souls. 1. Father, I thank you for sending more laborers to the harvest field of souls in Jesus name.. 2. Father, in the name of Jesus, grant all the unsaved souls in the harvest field the spirits of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You. 3
  2. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, and power and strength, be unto you our God forever and ever. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen. Generosity Offertory Prayer. Generous Father, thank you that all things were created through you and for you, you are before all things, and in you, all things exist
  3. P Give thanks to God and bless his name; for the Lord is good. L God's steadfast love endures forever. P God's faithfulness extends to all generations. * PRAYER OF INVOCATION Let us pray: Gracious God, you who supply your people with every blessing in abundance, lift up our hearts in gratitude and thanksgiving this day
  4. g life and may be appropriate to say at a harvest time church service or on Thanksgiving Day. Finally, there is an inspiring prayer to say in the morning before starting work on your farm
  5. A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Blessing and Renewal Father God Almighty, thank you for the abundant blessings you send from heaven. You send rain and the sun from the skies. You provide for all of our needs though we deserve not
  6. Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.. Proverbs 8:35 -For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord. Praying For Patience And Renewed Faith. As I wait for the manifestation of my abundant harvest, I pray for patience and.

As we utter a prayer of thanksgiving and beg continued blessings, may we also ask our Blessed Mother to help us overcome the problems that oft times prevent our sharing these good blessings with. Prayer of Farmers June 23, 2009 Heavenly Father, King of the Universe, you are the sole source of abundance. With your help I plant my crops and by your power they give forth a harvest

Today's Harvest Thanksgiving is a day of pause to give thanks. We have signs all around us of the harvest of the fruits of the earth. (Thank you Anne, Hertha, Kim for the decorating of God's house!) God has blessed us with so much because of a poor or non-existent harvest, or because war interrupted the harvest. Open the hearts of the world, open our hearts, to be generous, to share the bounty that you give us More Prayers as Blessings Prayers (44) The custom of giving blessings goes back to the very earliest times. In the morning of Creation, on the completion of each day's work, God blessed the living creatures that came from His hands, bidding them increase and multiply and fill the earth (Gen. i-ii) A Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Prayer. Except for the words Greetings to the Natural World, the words in bold are not meant to be said. Thanksgiving Address. GREETINGS TO THE NATURAL WORLD! The People. Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue

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Expressing our faith through prayers of thanksgiving The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: 'He is good; his love endures for ever.' (2 Chronicles 5:13 God of the Bountiful - A Harvest Prayer. This morning I was sitting in our breakfast room looking out on my gloriously productive garden and feeling a little overwhelmed. Then I read through one of the prayers that I had written for our Celtic retreat in August and decided that it would be a good one to adapt as a harvest prayer. God's.

A Service for the Eve of Thanksgiving. (given to a local joint ministry or food pantry, if the service is a joint service). Offertory Prayer: L. Let us pray. C. O God, who desires good for all creatures, satisfy our hunger not just for food, but for freedom, truth, justice and love. L. May the Lord of the harvest grace your Thanksgiving. Bible Verses about Harvests - Scriptures on Reaping What You've Sowed For those in Biblical times, the harvest was a most important event. The gathering of things planted, a natural time of reaping in joy what has been sown and produced during the year. In addition to the literal use of the word referring to the harvesting of crops, the Bible uses the same term when referring to the rescuing.

Inspiring readers since 1935, the Forward Day by Day meditation is a significant resource for daily prayer and Bible study to more than a half million readers worldwide. Also: pray Morning, Noonday, and Evening Prayer, plus Compline, every day; get Daily Devotions, Prayers and Thanksgivings, and the Liturgical Calendars, all linked for use online They celebrated successful harvests with prayers of gratitude and feasting, generously sharing their bounty with the natives. Their heirs and communities continued celebrating the harvest either in.. A Series of Prayers of Thanksgiving from the Book of Common Prayer 1979 of the Episcopal Church, USA Station 1 A General Thanksgiving Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love

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  1. Thanksgivings. General Thanksgivings. 1. A General Thanksgiving (1979 Version) Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love. We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side
  2. g prayer suitable for secondary or high school aged children for an assembly or church service) Dear God, You made a beautiful world, With sun so warm and light. With grain and fruit to nourish us, With streams so clean and bright. Help us to care and keep it safe, With wisdom, thought and deed
  3. The Litany in The Book of Common Prayer or the Common Worship Litany (Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, pages 111-121) may be said or sung. In the Prayer Book Litany the following petitions may be inserted after the petition 'That it may please thee to give and preserve to our use the kindly fruits of the earth.
  4. Prayers on a Garden theme . A Thanksgiving for Gardens. God of grace, in the story of creation, a place of careful pruning and abundant harvest, where we can work with you. Meet us, we pray, in all the gardens where we go . for nourishment, refreshment and prayer, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. A Collect for Gardens . Lord of the harvest

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God's Harvest for All: A Thanksgiving Reflection. November 09, 2010 by Bruce Epperly. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of. Worship Service Theme: Gratitude (Sunday before Thanksgiving) Helpful elements: Green table covering (Ordinary Time) Welcome: Welcome! It's so good to be together to celebrate faith and community today. My name is ____ and I'll be leading our worship time today. This week we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving, so it's an appropriate time to. Prayers for Autumn. God of Seed and Harvest. We bless you, God of Seed and Harvest And we bless each other That the beauty of this world And the love that created it Might be expressed though our lives And be a blessing to others Now and always - Author Unknown Back to Top. Golden Leaves. We see signs of summer's passing in golden leaves, shortening days, misty mornings, autumn glow

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Traditionally, Thanksgiving is celebrated as the harvest festival in United States and Canada. The festival falls on the fourth Thursday of the month of November. On this day, people thank the Almighty for the bountiful harvest and pray for the eternal shower of blessings from the Lord ''You know the saying, 'Four months between planting and harvest.' But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!'' John 4:35, 36 (NLT) 1 Prayer for Crops and Industry. O God of springtime and harvest, we give you thanks for being the Lord of all the seasons of our lives. From birth to death, you hold us in your hands and feed us with the abundance of the earth and the love of your Spirit. Especially in this day, we give you thanks for those who work in the earth you have created. As we gather around the Thanksgiving table, may we also turn our thoughts in gratitude to the Lord of the harvest who indeed has given us all that is good. When the world is radiant, rich with summer hours, wood and field and garden gemmed with brightest flowers; when the wheat is golden, gleaming in the sun, and the scythe and sickle harvest. A Truth-Telling Thanksgiving Prayer. St. Ignatius urged his followers to converse with Jesus in the same way that one would speak with a very dear friend. In his book, Praying the Truth, William Barry, SJ, writes: Prayer, as conscious relationship, is the royal road to finding God in all things and to a deeper friendship with God

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  1. A s we reflect on this Thanksgiving Day 2014 in the United States I wanted to revisit something I wrote a couple years ago. Thanksgiving and praise is good anytime of the year, but especially today offer your prayers to the Lord for He is great and He is faithful. I love to pray to the Lord and most often I am offering prayers for assistance in something - health, provision, or even as an.
  2. 10. 'Home for the Holidays'. The Carpenters, Home for the Holidays.. Enough said. YouTube. 11. 'Thanksgiving Prayer'. In 1994 Johnny Cash appeared with his wife June Carter Cash on.
  3. der to see God's gracious hand in the bounty of nature. The Pilgrims' holiday of 1623—what they would have called The First Thanksgiving—more forthrightly challenges us to look for God's ongoing, supernatural intervention in our lives
  4. -Order for the Blessing on the Occasion of Thanksgiving for the Harvest, pp. 431-436. Prayers and Blessings for Special Occasions from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers-Rogation Days: Blessing of Fields and Gardens, pp. 166-170.-Assumption Day: Blessing of Produce, pp. 170-173-Saint Francis: Blessing of Animals, pp. 174-177

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Give thanks to Him, bless His name. 1 Timothy 4:3-4. men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; Psalm 107:8-9 Whether you're put on the spot during Thanksgiving dinner or asked to commemorate the harvest in advance, all eyes will be fixed on you—so choose your words wisely! Whether you're looking for a short and sweet Thanksgiving prayer to express gratitude, or a more traditional Thanksgiving-themed prayer, you've come to the right place These Thanksgiving poems remind us that no matter what our circumstances, we can always find reasons to be grateful and give thanks. Through sickness and health, good times and hard times, God is our faithful protector. His love is the energy of our lives. Feel free to share these Thanksgiving poems and prayers with family and friends this holiday A LMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead; We give thee thanks for all those thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the good work which thou hast begun in them may be perfected; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord

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Thanksgiving Bible Verses About Gratitude. Getty Images. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15. Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful 1) The Great Thanksgiving in A Service of Word and Table I or II (see UMH 13-14) 2) One of the seasonal or alternate Great Thanksgivings. 3) The Great Thanksgiving for A Service of Christian Marriage or for A Service of Death and Resurrection. 4) A Great Thanksgiving composed by the pastor or taken from another source Many may choose to keep the peace and lead the family (especially if the family includes very religious members) in a traditional prayer. But for those who desire a non-religious option, here are several Thanksgiving Non-Prayers for the holiday! Van Curren submits these two non-prayers. He is president of the Humanists of Idaho and became. Thanksgiving and praise always go together. We cannot adequately praise and worship God without also being thankful. Feeling and expressing appreciation is good for us. Like any wise father, God wants us to learn to be thankful for all the gifts He has given us (James 1:17). It is in our best interest to be reminded that everything we have is a. Discover the power of prayer withour topical prayers meant to meet your need! Whether you are seeking wisdom, peace, healing, protection, joy, or daily prayers, we can help you find the words to say

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  1. Planning an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service in Your Community, Daniel T. Benedict, Jr. Thanksgiving, African American Lectionary, 2012. A Thanksgiving Liturgy of Gratitude, Prayer, Song, and Feast, Carl Gregg, Patheos, 2011. LCA Worship Planning Page, Harvest Thanksgiving, 2012, Everything lay-readers need to prepare worship
  2. Three prayers for family & children times together:-. Prayer for Children on Thanksgiving Day. Dear God, Thank you for all the good things you have made, The sun and the sea and the beautiful sky. Thank you for fruit trees, for oat wheat and bread, For the sunrise as day starts and the stars in the night
  3. ster by the Moore Printing Co., 1911. The Church of England's 1662 Book of Common Prayer was the Prayer Book in use in British North America — and later Canada — until a

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for your grace. and one more experience of your presence, for your promise: to be with us, to be our God, and to give salvation. For these, and all blessings, we give you thanks, eternal, loving. We have collected our favorite Thanksgiving Prayers to help you experience the joy and piece that comes from giving thanks with a heart of gratitude. Whether it's Thanksgiving Day or any day of the year, God wants to give you the blessings of a thankful life

This hymn is traditionally sung for Thanksgiving, and is also appropriate for a service with a sermon on Matthew 13. For a Thanksgiving service focusing on the joy of a good harvest, a short choral introit using only the first stanza of Come, Ye Thankful People, Come, accompanied by organ, piano, and optional handbells, is appropriate The first national Thanksgiving was proclaimed in gratitude for the American victory at Saratoga in 1777. The Continental Congress set aside Thursday, December 18th that the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor. Washington in prayer at Valley Forg

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Harvest Thanksgiving [Lent 3 Year C] | DBHome | RCL Resources Index | [Note: In the Southern Hemisphere the tradition of giving thanks for the harvest, where it survives, or in some places where it is a recovered tradition, occurs naturally in Autumn (Fall) and being commonly in the months of March or April tends often to coincide with one of the Sundays of Lent This harvest is usually thought of as human souls, the need to save people for the Kingdom of God, and this is doubtless part of it. But we perhaps need to think of the harvest in terms of every good thing that God has prepared for us. I love the words of the old 1662 Prayer Book: all other benefits of his passion Thanksgiving prayers are common to most religious groups. Native Americans had entire ceremonies just for the purpose of expressing thanks - sometimes the ceremonies lasted for days. This Thanksgiving Prayer comes from the Seneca Nation and is at least 500 years old. It is traditionally done around a fire, with spiritual food on the altar 1 Chronicles 16:34 - Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Colossians 3:17 - And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. More Prayers. Prayer for God's Blessings throughout the Rest of the Year 202 A thankful heart is a blessed heart and an appreciative heart is pleasurable to the Most-High God and such shall receive more from God Thanking God is very much inevitable for the human race even all creation to show forth the praises of God for every seconds of His life, of His love, infinite mercy and goodness towards us counting to minutes, then amounting to hours, His lovingkindness.

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Business Success Prayer Heavenly Father, thank you that your word enlightens my eyes, purifies my soul and preserves me for eternal life. Your word says that I can do all things through you who strengthens me. Please give me the strength I need to succeed in business. Bless my work with prosperity for my good and for your glory Ideas For Your Service Thanksgiving Prayer Video Thank You For It All If for some reason your church cannot afford to pay this cost and you would still like to use this video, please send me an email at loewen.dan (at) gmail.com to request a free copy. A Psalm Of Thanks - Buy Here The [ A Prayer of Self-Dedication: 62. A Prayer attributed to St. Francis : Prayers for the sick are on pages 458-461. Prayers for the dying are on pages 462-465. Prayers for the dead are on pages 202,253,487, and 503 Prayer of Thanksgiving; Prayer of the Christian Farmer we can offer You a rich harvest of merits and good works. or it may be possible to be of service to one's community as a whole by. Quotes About Unemployment for the Opening Sentences of a Church Service; Thanksgiving Prayers About Work. (Prayer) The Harvest Offering from the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (Prayer) Teach Us, Good Lord, to Toil (Prayer) Into Your Hands, Lord, We Commit Our Lives, Our Work and the Tasks That Await Us (Prayer

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50 Thanksgiving Prayers. 1. Father, for our food we thank You, and for our joys. Help us love You more. — Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. 2. From the smallest morsel to this mega. In 2020, a Time for Prayer and Thanksgiving. By U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Americans are no stranger to adversity and this year presented a new and difficult challenge with a sinister virus. But now more than ever we must cherish the good times and give thanks to those who selflessly serve us during our times of trouble We believe that Christ is alive, and that we can best serve Him by assisting those in greatest need. (Matthew 25:40) As a part of the Food For The Poor family, we invite you to contact us so that we can join with you in prayers of petition, thanksgiving, and praise. Send us your prayer requests through this form, in the mail, or by telephone A Prayer for the Caregiver. A Caregiver's Prayer for Those Living with Alzheimer's Disease. Prayers for the Sick. A Prayer for Faith and Trust. World Day of the Sick. In a Time of Surgery (A Prayer Service) A Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking. Day of Prayer And Awareness Against Human Trafficking. A Prayer for the Shipment of Medical Surplus

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More Thanksgiving Prayers . Thoughts about Thanksgiving . Who does not thank for little will not thank for much. - Estonian proverb . Do not get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. - Galatians 6:9 . We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way When you reap your harvest in your field and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow, in order that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat your olive tree, you shall not go over the boughs again; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow A Prayer for the Gift of Wisdom - Great is the wisdom of the Lord!God Almighty, A Thanksgiving Day Prayer # 2 - Father, all of Creation rightly owes you thanks An Act of Thanksgiving for the Blessings of the Past Year - O God, the beginning and the end of all things, Prayer for a Blessing on the New Year - O sacred and adorable Trinity, hear our prayers.

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This weekend on Harvest at Home Pastor Greg Laurie will be sharing a new message, The Refreshing Power of Sharing Your Faith Part 1. Harvest at Home is on all weekend starting tomorrow at 4 PM PT. Then all day Sunday starting at 6:00 AM PT. Attend Onlin 2. Denise Harris. For flowers that bloom about our feet, Father, we thank Thee. For tender grass so fresh, so sweet, Father, we thank Thee. For the song of bird and hum of bee, for all things fair. Prayer as We Continue Serving. Lord, you call us to your service and continue your saving work among us. May your love never abandon us. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN Prayer For Active Good Works. God of love, bring us back to you Strategic Prayers Here are ten ways to bless and cover our first responders in prayer. Each point includes Scriptures and a prayer. We encourage you to develop your own prayers based on both the verses and the written prayers. 1. Give thanks to the Lord for those who often put their lives on the line for others (off-a-2) PRAYER Lord of the harvest, we bring you our thanks. Whether we see ourselves as scattered seed, full of potential, or as the ground, producing the growth; as workers sowing and reaping in your fields, or as the harvest of your efforts; No matter how we see ourselves, help us to see you in it all

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Harvest Festival reminds us that we are to cast aside our worries and celebrate the things that God has provided. William Temple, a great theologian of the church, once said that the most effective thing that Christians could do in the world is to lift up their voices in thanksgiving to God Good Friday; Easter; Pentecost; Seasonal Words. Spring words; Summer words; Autumn Words. Harvest; Winter Words; Month by month words. Calendar; January-June. January words. New Year; Martin Luther King Day, USA; Holocaust Memorial Day 27/1; February Words. Black History Month - USA; Valentine's Day; March Words. World Day of Prayer. Finally a Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Plenty of the Year echoes our own Thanksgiving: O Merciful Father, of whose gift it cometh that the earth is fruitful, and animals multiply for the service and sustenance of man; we give thee humble thanks, that, of thy great bounty thou hast crowned the year with thy goodness; causing both the. Prayer For Thanking God | Prayer For Thanksgivinghttp://bit.ly/ytdailyeffectiveprayer Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to catch all the latest prayers uploaded to the ch..

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A Prayer for those who harvest the resources of the earth. Loving God, in the resources of the earth you have given us riches for all humanity. We pray for all who are involved in harvesting those resources, in agriculture and horticulture, forestry, mining and fisheries. Their work is often dangerous and, for some, beset with uncertainty. Thanksgiving: a service of thanks and praise, social awareness and commitment, Thanksgiving, a service of praise for the blessings of creation and life, Thanksgiving, remembering God's care for us, Worship Resources by Lisa Frenz, Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church, Portland, OR Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:10-1 Prayers of gratitude have been around since long before the official Thanksgiving dinner of 1620. During the historic feast, the Pilgrims said a prayer of thanks before beginning their meal with the Wampanoag Native Americans. The Pilgrims looked to the Bible to express gratitude and thank God for their first harvest 1. The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. unknown. 0. Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work. Festivals of Thanksgiving were observed sporadically on a local level for more than 150 years. They tended to be autumn harvest celebrations. But in 1789, Elias Boudinot, Massachusetts, member of the House of Representatives, moved that a day of Thanksgiving be held to thank God for giving the American people the opportunity to create a Constitution to preserve their hard won freedoms