by Ron Clarkson

Attitude of Gratitude
Ron Clarkson
November 19, 1989

Welcome: I would like to say a special thanks to all of you here this morning, a special thanks because this is thanksgiving week. I say thanks to you, and I say thank you to the Father because you are here. In the past 11 years we have seen this group grow from a few dozen to now averaging close to 500. What a privilege it is to be part of the OCC team, and we , as a church are here to serve you and to serve our heavenly Father. So thanks for choosing to share your morning with us. Let's pray together.

Prayer: Father, we come to you this morning with thankful hearts. We thank you for all you have done for us, for all the times you have been there, for all the ways you have provided for us, and Father, we are probably not aware of the many ways you have provided. Father, we thank you that we are here this morning. For some of us, this was the last place we thought we would be found on a Sunday morning, in church. But you ar doing something in our lives Father, something different, it's not just church. Your doing something exciting. Thanks for being so patient with us Father, you- are- patient with us when we forget to say thanks, we we forget all you have done, and when we forget all that you are. You are the great and loving God, who cares about us and cares for us every step of the way. May we see you more clearly this morning, may we experience your presence here. When we leave here, will we know that you have touched our lives. In Christ's name we pray, amen. Open: It was well over 350 years ago that a group of 102 men, women and children crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a ship called the Mayflower. In a trip that took over two months these Pilgrims landed on the eastern shores of this country at the start of a brutal winter that would see nearly half of the 102 perish. They came seeking freedom, religious freedom, freedom from the persecution they were experiencing because of their desire to exercise t ...

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