Can Our Thanksgiving Be the Bible’s “First Fruits?”

26 When you have come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, 2 you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. 3 You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, “Today I declare to the LORD your God that I have come into the land that the LORD swore to our ancestors to give us.” 4 When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the LORD your God, 5 you shall make this response before the LORD your God: “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. 6 When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labor on us, 7 we cried to the LORD, the God of our ancestors; the LORD heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. 8 The LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; 9 and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10 So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O LORD, have given me.” You shall set it down before the LORD your God and bow down before the LORD your God. 11 Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the LORD your God has given to you and to your house.

Vanderbilt Divinity Library. (2009). United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Christians also have this story to share; a reason for corporate gratitude and prayer; motivation for collective sacrifice.  And this story, which tells of God’s Great Rescue, foreshadows Jesus, who gives the salvation of God for all of us.

I regret that I won’t be able to join my brothers and sisters in the Heights for this year’s Thanks-giving service, but if you’re around you should think about going.  Here’s the invite:

The Heights community is invited to an ecumenical
Thanksgiving Eve Service on Wednesday, November 27, at
7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 13001 Cedar Road
(between Coventry and Lee Roads). A free-will offering will
benefit the Heights Emergency Food Center. Prior to the event,
handbell ringers are invited to participate in a Bell Choir
rehearsal at 6:30 p.m., and singers are invited to a pick-up Choir
rehearsal at 7 p.m. A reception with refreshments is provided
following worship.

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