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Being Thankful: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Being Thankful: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


Be… – Lessons From Quarantine. Two-part lessons about what we can learn in quarantine and how those lessons can go beyond quarantine.

Being Thankful: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Rev. Benjamin Browneye – Pastor, Riverside Christian Reformed Church


Sunday, June 7, 2020
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Psalm 100

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.”

“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.”


Almighty God.

Today we come before You,
our Maker and our Redeemer,
to worship in thanks and praise.

Bless us, we pray, in this time of worship.
And enliven our hearts to joy and gladness by the power of Your Spirit.

That we might bring a new song of thanksgiving and praise that is pleasing to You.
That we might be reminded, once again, that we are your people.
And that we might be assured of Your loyal-love and forever-faithfulness.

In the perfecting power of the Spirit and in Jesus’ name, we pray.



Give Thanks: Don Moen Version

Give Thanks: Gaither Version

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”

Give thanks


(Given the events of the past two weeks and the ways in which they have highlighted injustice and a broken world — it is right for us to take time in our worship today to lift our world and our communities up to God in this time of prayer.)

Almighty God of Justice and Compassion

Before Your Throne today we unite our hearts and voices in the Lament of Your prophet (Habakkuk 1:2-4):

“How long, Lord, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.”

Oh God of Justice, we lament a humanity in the darkness of sin and a world so disjointed from Your good design:

Where hearts harbor hate against neighbor
and where systems are used for oppression and injustice.

Where division lines are drawn with the colors of skin
and where the exercise of law gets cast in their shades.

Where cries of pain from a history under injustice have gone unheard
and where a call for justice by many becomes an opportunity for destruction by a few.

Where ideologies prevent the ability to listen to others
and where political points are extracted from tragedy.

Where personally desired ends predetermine what is to be believed
and where collectively desired narratives predetermine what is to be reported.

Where people of every kind find the excuse to say to themselves, 

“This isn’t me.”
and where groups of every kind find cause to say to another,

“It’s all because of you.”

Where humanity believes it will find the answer within itself
and where the world thinks it can find utopia without its Creator.

And especially where all this finds places in the hearts of we Your people
and where all this finds expressions among the Body of Christ.

O God,
Were it but that our prejudiced eyes were truly colorblind,
that our ears were not deaf to the plight of others,
that our feet were not lame to path of Your Justice,
and that our tongues were not muted to the fullness of the Gospel.

“How Long, O Lord” until Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven?

Oh Holy Spirit, of Wind and Flame:

Breathe into your Church life anew, and light us aflame
that we might have the courage to be Your voice for those who cry, “I can’t breathe.”

O Jesus our Savior, and Christ of God:

Give sight to we the blind
that we might see others as did the Good Samaritan.
Open our ears
that we might truly hear the voices of those different from us.
Lift us to our feet
that we might march in the way of Kingdom Justice.
And loose our tongues
that we might declare the fullness of the Gospel for, and unto, all peoples.

O Father in Heaven:

Break apart our hearts of stone and craft within in us hearts of flesh
that we might act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with You.

O God of all Compassion:

Look upon Your world with Mercy and upon humanity with Your Kindness.

That leaders may turn to Your Will,
and nations to Your Justice.

That hearts may turn to Your Call,
and communities to Your Peace.

That Thy Name might be hallowed, 
Thy Kingdom Come, and Thy Will done,
unto Thine glory and honor – forever upon forever

Being Thankful

(The video includes all items below)




Jesus Loves Me, This I Know


1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Being Thankful”


Now Thank We All Our God



Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Ben

Be... - Lessons From Quarantine
Be... - Lessons From Quarantine
Being Thankful: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rev. Benjamin Browneye - Pastor
Speaker: Rev. Benjamin Browneye

Pastor Ben is a 2005 graduate from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. He received his Masters of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary in 2012, and has served as a delegate to Synod in 2016.

As Pastor, Ben has a passion for preaching and teaching and has been at Riverside since April of 2013. On the personal side, Ben is an avid outdoorsmen, a loyal Detroit sports fan, and is married to his wife Ellie.

Pastor Ben seeks to preach and teach in an educational and engaging way that brings the deep truth of the Bible into our lives today for every generation.