Day of National Thanksgiving

(November 23)

Deuteronomy 8:1–10; Ps. 67:1-7; Philippians 4:6–20 or 1 Timothy 2:1–4; Luke 17:11–19

Entrance: LSB 892 Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Of the Day: LSB 785 We Praise You, O God

Distribution: LSB 893 Sing to the Lord of Harvest;

LSB 894 For the Fruits of His Creation

Closing: LSB 895 Now Thank We All Our God

We Praise God for Sustaining Life in and through His Word

The nation resounds with thanksgiving for the earth’s bountiful harvest, crops of wheat and grains, all beneath the canopy of God’s almighty care. 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 penetrates the world with its Law and Gospel. It is this divine Word 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 the Divine Service, bolstered in our faith by Baptismal and Eucharist blessing to be thankful in our circumstances of plenty and hunger, abundance and need (Phil. 4:6–20).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Jesus Heals the Ten Lepers — Pastors Roundtable — Issues Etc.

Pastor Charles Lehmann of St. John Lutheran, Accident, Md., and Pastor Brian Holle of Messiah Lutheran, Lebanon, Ill, discuss the healing of the ten lepers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 54:25, 21.8 MB, 2011-Sept-22)


Liturgy for a Day of Thanksgiving — Pr. David Petersen — Issues Etc.

Pastor David Peterson, Redeemer Lutheran, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the liturgy for Thanksgiving Day with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:19, 36.2 MB, 2016-Nov-24)


Luke 17:11-19 (SBLGNT)

11 Καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ⸀πορεύεσθαι εἰς Ἰερουσαλὴμ καὶ αὐτὸς διήρχετο διὰ ⸀μέσον Σαμαρείας καὶ Γαλιλαίας.

12 καὶ εἰσερχομένου αὐτοῦ εἴς τινα κώμην ⸀ἀπήντησαν δέκα λεπροὶ ἄνδρες, οἳ ⸀ἔστησαν πόρρωθεν,

13 καὶ αὐτοὶ ἦραν φωνὴν λέγοντες Ἰησοῦ ἐπιστάτα, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

14 καὶ ἰδὼν εἶπεν αὐτοῖς Πορευθέντες ἐπιδείξατε ἑαυτοὺς τοῖς ἱερεῦσιν. καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ὑπάγειν αὐτοὺς ἐκαθαρίσθησαν.

15 εἷς δὲ ἐξ αὐτῶν, ἰδὼν ὅτι ἰάθη, ὑπέστρεψεν μετὰ φωνῆς μεγάλης δοξάζων τὸν θεόν,

16 καὶ ἔπεσεν ἐπὶ πρόσωπον παρὰ τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ εὐχαριστῶν αὐτῷ καὶ αὐτὸς ἦν Σαμαρίτης.

17 ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν ⸀Οὐχὶ οἱ δέκα ἐκαθαρίσθησαν; οἱ δὲ ἐννέα ποῦ;

18 οὐχ εὑρέθησαν ὑποστρέψαντες δοῦναι δόξαν τῷ θεῷ εἰ μὴ ὁ ἀλλογενὴς οὗτος;

19 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ Ἀναστὰς πορεύου ἡ πίστις σου σέσωκέν σε.


Literal Translation

(11)  And it happened in His going to Jerusalem even He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

(12)  And He entering into a certain village, ten leprous men met Him, who stood afar off.

(13)  And they lifted their voice, saying, Jesus, Master, pity us.

(14)  And seeing them, He said to them, Going, show yourselves to the priests. And it happened in their going they were cleansed.

(15)  And one of them, seeing that he was cured, returned glorifying God with a loud voice.

(16)  And he fell on his face at His feet, thanking Him. And he was a Samaritan.

(17)  And answering, Jesus said, Were not the ten cleansed? But where are the nine?

(18)  Were not any found returning to give glory to God except this foreigner?

(19)  And He said to him, Rising up, go! Your faith has cured you.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.