Sermon Series: “Life Changing Gratitude,” Jan. 20 – Feb. 10

Studies have shown that people who live with a sense of thanksgiving report that they are far happier than those who do not. As a faith community, we know that we have been blessed and that it is important to give thanks to God. It is also integral to our well-being to express our gratitude to one another. It is good to share our feelings of thanksgiving to those people who have made a difference in our lives. That is why we are going to focus on the act of giving thanks.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – Apostle Paul, 1 Thessalonians 5:18

This is more than a warm feeling of thankfulness, it is intentionally expressing thanks to those around us. In 2013 we are encouraging people to write a thank you note each day to someone. This idea comes from the book A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life by John Kralik. Join the PUMC family of faith in celebrating “Life Changing Gratitude.”

Part 1: Losing Everything (Jan. 20)
Genesis 3:20-24

  1. In the beginning … everything is given
  2. In the middle … a failure
  3. Adam’s and Eve’s “Thank You” note to God

Part 2: A voice in Silence (Jan. 27)
1 Kings 19:11-18

  1. In the mountains … tired and running away
  2. A sound of sheer silence … meeting God
  3. Elijah’s “Thank You” note

Part 3: Extreme Gratitude (Feb. 3)
Philippians 1: 3-11; Philippians 4: 4-7

  1. Thank you for paying your bills
  2. Thank the Starbucks guy
  3. Thanking everything
  4. Paul’s “Thank You” note

Part 4: A Community of Gratitude (Feb. 10)
1 Thessalonians 1: 2-10

  1. Gratitude … glorifies God
  2. Gratitude … honors others and humbles us
  3. Gratitude … looks outwards
  4. A culture of gratitude … in PUMC