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11-25-12 Thanksgiving America

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11-25-12 Thanksgiving America

  1. 1. Thanksgiving The Uniquely American Holiday
  2. 2. Thanksgiving in AmericaWhatever happened to Thanksgiving? Halloween transitions into Christmas!
  3. 3. Thanksgiving in AmericaWhatever happened to Thanksgiving?Now Open for Business:Walmart Bass Pro ShopsSears Old NavyK-Mart Grocery StoresThanksgiving: The Vanishing Holiday!
  4. 4. Thanksgiving in AmericaWhatever happened to Thanksgiving?
  5. 5. Thanksgiving in AmericaOh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!For His mercy endures forever... Oh, thatmen would give thanks to the LORD for Hisgoodness, and for His wonderful works tothe children of men! For He satisfies thelonging soul, and fills the hungry soul withgoodness… Let them sacrifice the sacrificesof thanksgiving, and declare His works withrejoicing (Psalm 107:1, 8-9, 22).
  6. 6. Thanksgiving in America Early Thanksgiving Observances1541: Palo Duro Canyon, Texas Coronado and 1,500 of his men1564: St. Augustine, Florida French Huguenot (Protestant) colonists1598: El Paso, Texas Juan de Oñate and his expedition1607: Cape Henry, Virginia Landing of the Jamestown settlers1619: Berkeley Plantation, Virginia
  7. 7. Thanksgiving in America Remains of Scrooby Manor:Secret Meeting Place for the Pilgrim Church
  8. 8. Thanksgiving in America King James I to Pilgrims: “Conform or I will harry them out of the land.”
  9. 9. Thanksgiving in AmericaPilgrims decided to flee to Holland wherethey could practice their faith in freedom
  10. 10. Thanksgiving in AmericaAfter nearly 12 years, Pastor Robinson believed the church should relocate to America
  11. 11. Thanksgiving in AmericaFor 2 months, the Pilgrims and Shipmates braved the storm-tossed North Atlantic
  12. 12. Thanksgiving in America Mayflower Compact: “In the Name of God… For the Glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith…”
  13. 13. Thanksgiving in AmericaWilliam Bradford: “Being thus arrived in agood harbor, and brought safe to land, theyfell upon their knees and blessed the God ofHeaven who had brought them over the vastand furious ocean, anddelivered them fromall the perils andmiseries thereof,again to set their feeton the firm and stableearth…”
  14. 14. Thanksgiving in AmericaSquanto taught thePilgrims how to provide forthe necessities of life,including how to fish forcod, how to plant corn witha fish, stalk deer, plantpumpkins, skin beavers,which berries were edible,etc.
  15. 15. Thanksgiving in America Gov. Bradford described Squanto as: “A special instrument sent of God for their good beyond their expectation.”Gov. William Bradford Squanto
  16. 16. Thanksgiving in AmericaEdward Winslow:“Our harvest being gottenin, our governor sent fourmen on fowling (turkeyhunting), so that we mightafter a special mannerrejoice together after we hadgathered the fruit of ourlabors.”
  17. 17. Thanksgiving in AmericaEdward Winslow:“God be praised, wehad a good increase ofcorn… by thegoodness of God, weare far from want…”
  18. 18. Thanksgiving in AmericaPilgrims invite the Indians for a three day Thanksgiving Festival
  19. 19. Thanksgiving in AmericaElder William Brewster would have led them in a Thanksgiving prayer to God
  20. 20. Thanksgiving in America Congress issued eight ThanksgivingProclamations during the War for Independence
  21. 21. Thanksgiving in AmericaFirst Federal Congress approved the Bill of Rights on September 24, 1789
  22. 22. Thanksgiving in America Elias Boudinot: “…could not think of letting the session pass over without offering an opportunity to all the citizens of the United States of joining, with one voice, in returning to Almighty God their sincere thanks for the many blessings he had poured down upon them.” Annals of CongressElias Boudinot September 25, 1789
  23. 23. Thanksgiving in America Congressional Resolution: “Resolved, That a joint committee of both Houses be directed to wait upon the President of the United States to request that he would recommend to the people of the United States a Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer...” Annals of Congress September 25, 1789Elias Boudinot
  24. 24. Thanksgiving in America “Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protectionGeorge Washington and favor. . . . October 3, 1789 3
  25. 25. Thanksgiving in America Now, therefore, I do appoint Thursday, the 26th day of November 1789 . . . that we may all unite to render unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection.”
  26. 26. Thanksgiving in America Mrs. Hale was editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, a popular women’s publication. For nearly three decades, she promoted the idea of a national Thanksgiving DaySara Josepha Hale
  27. 27. Thanksgiving in America “The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the Source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which isAbraham Lincoln habitually insensible to the ever- watchful providence of Almighty God. . . .”
  28. 28. Thanksgiving in America “No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, Who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”Abraham Lincoln
  29. 29. Thanksgiving in America Drought in PLymouth Plantation - 1623
  30. 30. Thanksgiving in America“It came without either wind orthunder or any violence, andby degrees in abundance, asthat ye earth was thoroughlywet and soaked therewith,which did so apparently reviveand quicken ye decayed cornand other fruits as waswonderful to see, and made yeIndians astonished tobehold…” Gov. William Bradford
  31. 31. Thanksgiving in America “…and afterwards the Lord sent them such seasonable showers, with interchange of fair warm weather as, through His blessing, caused a fruitful and liberal harvest, to their Abraham Lincoln no small comfort andGov. William Bradford rejoicing.”
  32. 32. Thanksgiving in America1623 Thanksgiving Festival
  33. 33. Thanksgiving in AmericaThe drought reduced thePilgrims to a ration of fivekernels of corn per day.Before they began theirThanksgiving feast, theyplaced five kernels of on theirplates, “lest they shouldforget.” (Deut. 8:11-19) Gov. William Bradford
  34. 34. Thanksgiving The Uniquely American Holiday

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