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All November 19/20 weekend services were canceled due to poor weather. Please enjoy a rerun from 26 Days of Gratitude for Beyond the Weekend this week. WATCH THE SERMON HERE. Download the GRATITUDE PRACTICE here.


Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:4-5

Read: Psalms 100
Listen: Psalms 100


Today is Thanksgiving Day. Once every year, many of us come together with friends, family and others to give thanks together. On this fourth Thursday of November, millions of Americans will sit down at tables filled with favorite foods like turkey, potatoes, stuffing and pies of various sorts. Before they begin their feast, many will pause to give thanks to God.

The words will come easily for some of us. It has been a good year filled with new arrivals, fantastic opportunities and glorious horizons as we look to the future. For many others, however, the words—while true—will be a bit more hesitant. The chair at the head of the table is empty. Family tensions mean some are refusing to come. Prospects for the future are bleak.

But in both good and challenging times, the words of Psalm 100 give voice to our thanksgiving. They remind us that our Lord is, indeed, the Creator God (verse 3). He is the One who protects us (verse 3), is good in all he does (verse 4) and provides us with his enduring love (verse 5). Finally, the psalmist reminds us (verse 5) that his faithfulness continues from one generation to the next (a great encouragement if you’re gathered with the generations in your family). Today is the day to “enter his gates with thanksgiving.”


Thank the Lord for who he is and what he has done for you. Slowly meditate on Psalm 100 and use it as the basis for your prayer. Then read Psalm 100 as you gather around the table as a reminder of the goodness of God.


Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse! View previous verses at beyondtheweekend.org/biblememorypractice.

MATTHEW 11:28-30
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.