First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, Massachusetts


  • the act of giving
  • a prayer expressing gratitude
  • a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness


I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving. Psalms 69:30

O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God And a great King above all gods… Psalms 95:1-3

A Psalm for Thanksgiving. Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth. Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations. Psalms 100:1-5

…while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:14-15

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

  • F aith
  • A doration
  • C onfession
  • S upplication

Give thanks to God, ingratitude is the worst of sins

The Christian privilege, and responsibility, is to find reason for gratitude in all things: “for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). For those of us who are parents, we can recall times when we had to remind our children to say “thank you” for a gift they had received from another. When they were young, it may have just been prompting them to say a simple “thank you”. When they became teenagers, it was, “Did you write those thank you notes yet, or at least a thank you e-mail or text message?” Our goal was to help them to show their gratitude for a kindness offered by a relative or friend. We didn’t consider it an option, but an obligation to be thankful and not exhibit ingratitude.

Yet, even as adults, we often show ingratitude toward God for His many blessings toward us, but especially for His “indescribable gift”, the death of His Son Jesus on our behalf in order to offer us the free gift of eternal life. As Christians, we have an obligation to show gratitude to God for all the benefits of His Divine Providence, especially for the general and personal gifts of redemption.

Oh, the ingratitude of the human race — and especially professing Christians — for all that God has provided us! God has given us more material wealth than even our parents could have imagined for us. But for all the hard work of us and our parents, it is God who has given us intelligence. He is the one who gave us a measure of health and strength, and He is the one who provided jobs for us. In fact, He is the one who created this earth with a well-stocked pantry and with clean air and clean water and sunshine. And yet we are ungrateful, and don’t even take care of what He has given us. You can’t sin much worse than that, my friend. It is true that we live in a day when terrible crimes are being committed — stealing, lying, murdering, identity theft, investor fraud — but the worst sins are being committed by the children of God who are ungrateful. (Adapted from J. Vernon McGee’s Thru The Bible)