Thanksgiving – Your Relationship with God
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Give thanks for your relationship with God.
- Give thanks for your identity in God, v. 1-6.
- Give thanks for your blessings from God, v. 7-11.
Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
My Story: This week, we heard an opening story about how gratitude has the power to change a person’s life. Begin your meeting by sharing things for which you are grateful.
- Verse two may be translated as: “My welfare is not in addition to you.” This verse challenges the idea that people are basically good, and establishes that we cannot merit God’s favor. Discuss.
- In verse three, David honors God by honoring His people. How does this verse confront those who profess a relationship with God while detaching themselves from God’s people?
- Our community is made up of people who are happily lost. Instead of finding happiness in God, they trade this away to find happiness in someone or something else. What are the false gods that people in our harvest field worship? How do these not satisfy?
- Verses 7-11 are quoted by Peter on the day of Pentecost as being fulfilled in Christ (Acts 2:25-28). How does Jesus fulfill these verses?
- The final verse of this Psalm has much to say about finding satisfaction in God. Indeed, seeking joy in God is at the heart of the Christian life. Finding satisfaction “in God” may be distinct from finding satisfaction “from God.” Describe the difference.
Taking it Home: One way you can cultivate gratitude is by becoming a generous person. What could this generosity look like toward God and His people? How can you be generous toward your neighbors?
If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you and invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he and his wife, Mary, will meet you at the Welcome Center.
BIRD IS THE WORD: THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY DINNER
Invite – Volunteer – Attend! Please plan to attend our fourth annual community Thanksgiving meal, Bird is the Word, on Sunday, November 22 at 5:00 PM. Invite your friends and neighbors and join us!
Our church directory is available online! It can be accessed through our website, AspenRidgeChurch.org. On the home page, click on the tab “Connect & Listen”, and under that tab, click on the last choice “Churchteams.” When the page comes up, scroll down to the blue link under “Church Directory” that says, “Click here to view the Aspen Ridge Church Directory.” This will take you to another screen and you will be asked to put in a password, which can be obtained through the church office during regular business hours. This is a great tool for getting the most up-to-date information for ministry-related use! Please feel free to call the church office with any questions you may have regarding this process, we would love to help!
If you do not have access to a computer, please call the church office to request a hard copy print-out of our online directory.
A THANK YOU FROM THE WAHR FAMILY
“Thank you to our Aspen Ridge family for the delicious meals, cards, flowers, gifts and your time to bless our family during Pam’s 11-hour surgery and long recovery. You have touched us deeply. Thanks, especially, to Debby Powell for organizing and getting the word out.”
OPPORTUNITY FOR NURSERY VOLUNTEERS
Wanted: Nursery volunteers during Sunday services! Please consider a once-a-month commitment to hold and care for our growing baby population. To volunteer, contact Maryjean Fowler by email or leave her a note on a communication card, which you can drop in the offering baskets during service.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Praise God for our delivery of 396 boxes to the drop-off point for Operation Christmas Child! Thank you to everyone who donated a box. We also want to say a special “thank you” to Carol Battersby and Barb Achenbach for their leadership in this project.
VOCAL ENSEMBLE OUTREACH
Please keep our Vocal Ensemble in your prayers as they practice and prepare for two outreach opportunities on December 8. They will be performing at Elk Run Assisted Living and also the Life Care Center in Evergreen. You will be able to hear them during weekend services in December and on Christmas Eve at Aspen Ridge, as well.
SERVICE OPPORTUNITY AT CHRISTMASTIME
There is an opportunity for those interested to join the Outreach Team in packing Operation Christmas Child boxes at the Denver Processing Center on December 19 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. We have reserved the church vans for transportation. Volunteers must be 13 years or older, and 18 or under must be accompanied by an adult. Email Danielle at [email protected] to secure your spot.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
Our Christmas Eve services will be held at 3:30 and 5:00 PM, and we would love to celebrate this special time with old and new friends, rejoicing in the birth of Jesus and in our “family tree.” Invite a neighbor, and we’ll see you there!
PRECEPTS BIBLE STUDY
The next Precepts study is a 15-week series on the book of James from January 9 – April 16. The cost of the workbook is $33.75. Please call Dottie Manchette at 303.697.9141 to get more information or to join this study.
ELDER BOARD UPDATE
Please keep our Elder Board in your prayers as they help lead and guide our church family. The following men are serving during the current term: Bun Tadlock (Chairman), Justin Cates (Vice Chairman), Nathan Boller (Secretary), Andy Betsch (Treasurer), Jeff Clark and Mike Kelly.