Thanksgiving Service Responsive Reading

A Thanksgiving Responsive Reading

Psalm 136 / Nicene Creed / “Forever”

 

 Pastor:          Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.

Congregation: His love endures forever.

 

Pastor:           Give thanks to the God of gods.

Congregation: We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,    

 

Pastor:           Give thanks to the Lord of lords:

Congregation: maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. 

 

Musical Interlude :”Forever” Verse 1 (by Chris Tomlin)  CHOIR ONLY

 

Give thanks to the Lord, Our God and King.

His love endures forever.  For He is good, He is above all things.

His love endures forever.  Sing praise, sing praise.

 

Chorus:  Forever God is faithful,  Forever God is strong.

Forever God is with us.  Forever , forever.

 

Pastor:            to him who alone does great wonders,

Congregation: His love endures forever.

 

Pastor:           who by his understanding made the heavens,

Congregation:  We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God

 

Pastor:           who spread out the earth upon the waters,

Congregation: eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light,

 

Pastor:           who made the great lights—

Congregation:     true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.   

 

Pastor:           the sun to govern the day,

Congregation:  Through him all things were made.

 

Pastor:           the moon and stars to govern the night;

Congregation: For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven:

 

 Pastor:          to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt

Congregation: was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human.

 

 Pastor:          and brought Israel out from among them

Congregation: For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

 

Pastor:           with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;

Congregation.: He suffered death and was buried.      

 

Pastor:           to him who divided the Red Sea asunder

Congregation: On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;

 

 Pastor:          and brought Israel through the midst of it,

Congregation: He ascended into heaven

 

Pastor:           but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;

Congregation: and is seated at the right hand of the Father.       

 

Pastor:           to him who led his people through the desert,

Congregation: His love endures forever.    

 

Musical Interlude :”Forever” Verse 2 (SUNG BY ALL)

 

Verse 2:

With a mighty hand; and an outstretched arm.

His love endures forever. 

For the life that’s been reborn; His love endures forever.

Sing praise, sing praise.  Sing praise, sing praise.

 

Chorus:

Forever God is faithful; Forever God is strong.

Forever God is with us;  Forever , forever.

 

Pastor:           who struck down great kings,

Congregation: He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

 

Pastor:           and killed mighty kings—

Congregation: and his kingdom will have no end. 

 

 Pastor:          Sihon king of the Amorites

Congregation: We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

 

 Pastor:          and Og king of Bashan—

Congregation: who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

 

Pastor:           and gave their land as an inheritance,

Congregation: With the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.

 

 Pastor:          an inheritance to his servant Israel;

Congregation: who has spoken through the Prophets.

 

 Pastor:          to the One who remembered us in our low estate

Congregation: We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church

 

 Pastor:          and freed us from our enemies,

Congregation: We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

 

 Pastor:          and who gives food to every creature.

Congregation: We look for the resurrection of the dead,

 

Pastor:           Give thanks to the God of heaven.

Congregation:  and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

Musical Ending :”Forever” Verse 3  (SUNG BY ALL)

 

Verse 3:

From the rising to the setting sun; His love endures forever.

And by the grace of God; We will carry on.

His love endures forever.  Sing praise sing praise.

Sing praise, sing praise.

 

Chorus:

Forever God is faithful.  Forever God is strong.

Forever God is with us.  Forever , forever.

 

 Notes:

 

1.  All scripture is  NIV (Zondervan Publishing)

2.  “Forever” by Chris Tomlin, CCLI Song No. 3148428, © 2001 worshiptogether.com songsSix Steps Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)(Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)

3. The idea to integrate these texts came from: “With One Voice” by Reggie Kidd, Baker Books, page 39.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements