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Volume II, Number 20 (Thanksgiving Issue) Nov. 19, 2002
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Table of Contents
Bible Unit Study for Thanksgiving Week
Praising God for Who He Is
Thanking God for What He Has Done
Links for Thanksgiving
Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition
Recommended Home-School Products & Services
Rick and Virginia Fugate's books
The Latin Road to English Grammar
Sunny Side Up (Humorous Anecdote)
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Thanksgiving Bible Study and Activities:
Praising God for Who He Is;
God for What He Has Done
This Thanksgiving Bible study uses Psalm 100 and the hymn
based on that psalm, "Old Hundredth."
The goal is for your family to be able to hold hands around
your Thanksgiving table and quote Psalm 100 and sing "Old
Hundredth" from memory -- with the understanding and gratitude
that comes from the study of who God is and what He has done.
A Psalm for Thanksgiving
1. Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
2. Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
3. Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4. Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him; bless His name.
5. For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting,
And His faithfulness to all generations.
Also titled: "All People That on Earth Do Dwell"
(Sing to the tune of the Doxology)
1. All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with mirth, His praise forth tell;
Come ye before Him and rejoice.
2. The Lord, ye know, is God indeed;
Without our aid He did us make;
We are His folk, He doth us feed,
And for His sheep He doth us take.
3. O enter then His gates with praise;
Approach with joy His courts unto;
Praise, laud, and bless His Name always,
For it is seemly so to do.
4. For why? the Lord our God is good;
His mercy is forever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood,
And shall from age to age endure.
Hear tune at
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1. Praising God
Memorize Psalm 100:1, 2.
Memorize first verse of "Old Hundredth."
A. Talk about what praise is and how we praise God.
* Point out the difference between:
Praising God for Who He is and
Thanking Him for what He's done.
* See article about praise and thanks at
B. List things to praise God for and do so together.
C. Read Psalm 19:1-6.
* How does the earth and all creation praise God?
* Write a poem or paint a picture of nature praising God.
2. Who God Is
Memorize Psalm 100:3.
Memorize second verse of "Old Hundredth."
A. What is God like?
* In addition to God being holy, loving, just, and true, older
children can learn the meaning and implications of terms such
as omnipotent, omniscience, omnipresent, and immutable.
* Write a character description of God based on Scripture.
* Praise Him together for Who He is!
B. Read Psalm 139.
* Did God make each of us individually?
* Who knows us, our character, our thoughts better than anyone
else? What does this mean to you?
C. Psalm 100:3 tells us that we are God's flock.
* Psalm 23 gives us a picture of what it means to have God as our
* Read Psalm 23 and think of how this description makes you feel
(e.g., secure, cherished).
* List things to praise God for from Psalm 23.
3. Thanking God
Memorize Psalm 100:4.
Memorize third verse of "Old Hundredth."
A. What are some things we can thank God for?
* Make a list or do one of the following.
* Write things for which you are thankful on cut-out paper leaves
and attach to a large sheet of paper with a tree drawn on it.
* Write things for which you are thankful on pieces of paper cut
in shapes of leaves, fruits, or vegetables and place in basket
* Thank God together, using your list.
* Keep adding to your list and thanking God all year long!
B. Have your children close their eyes and imagine the courts of
the Lord while you read Revelation 4:1-6.
* Discuss what it would be like to enter heaven's gates and come
into God's courts.
* Why would you do it with praise and thanksgiving?
C. List some of the names of the Lord (e.g., Jehovah Jireh -
The God Who Provides).
* What names would you give God, based on your personal or family
relationship with Him? (e.g., The God Who Gave Daddy a Job).
* How do we "bless His name"?
4. What God Has Done
Memorize Psalm 100:5.
Memorize fourth verse of "Old Hundredth."
A. What is lovingkindness?
* Read Psalm 136 and using it as an example, write a family Psalm
telling about God's lovingkindness to your family.
B. What is faithfulness?
* Read Lamentations 3:22, 23.
* Sing "Great Is Thy Faithfulness."
* How has God been faithful to you?
* Thank God for these specific examples of His faithfulness.
* Write one or more verses to the above tune praising and
thanking God for what He has been and done for your family.
C. Recite all of Psalm 100.
* Review the things you have considered and discussed.
* Do all these things make you want to "serve the Lord with
* What other responses are called for in Psalm 100?
* Give specific examples of how we do each of these things and
make plans as a family to follow up on them.
(Expanded and adapted from a Teaching Tip by Alyce-Kay
Garett in the Sept./Oct. 1995 Teaching Home.)
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Caleb Johnson's Mayflower Web Page
Scholastic Mayflower Site. Virtual tour of the Mayflower.
Key Pilgrim Facts: Account of First Thanksgiving, Pilgrims Reject
Communism, Treaty with the Indians.
Plymouth Rock Foundation. Links to virtual tours of Plimoth
Plantation, Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Waterfront, Mayflower II.
First Thanksgiving Proclamation: 1676
George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation
Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Proclamation of Thanksgiving
Christian Answers. Origin of America's Thanksgiving Day.
"Come Ye Thankful People, Come"
Words and music to this hymn on beautiful background with art.
Print score at
Annie's Thanksgiving Home Page. Christian. Also in Spanish. Many
very well done pages of arts, crafts, games, activities, history and
traditions of Thanksgiving, plus more related links.
Harvest Blessings. Crafts, activities, stories, and links. Christian.
All About Thanksgiving. History, recipes, and links. Christian.
Thanksgiving Recipes from America's Past.
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Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition:
Lest We Forget: A Pilgrim Legacy
A Message from Richard "Little Bear" Wheeler
Whenever the Thanksgiving season approaches, for the sake of
my own family, I earnestly seize the opportunity to remember,
recount, and re-teach the Christian legacy of our nation, forged
some 382 years ago by the Pilgrims, a faithful people of Christ
Theirs is a stalwart example, for even after their first
meager harvest of 1621, they did not hesitate to set aside a Day
of Thanksgiving to Almighty God.
"Therefore I will give thanks unto Thee,
O Lord, among the heathen,
and I will sing praises unto Thy name."
II Samuel 22:5
What was to follow, though, in the second winter of this
struggling infant colony of settlers, was a season of horrendous
hardship, as a boatload of unexpected newcomers joined the
original Separatists -- without the foresight and preparedness of
any life-sustaining provisions amongst their cargo -- "not so
much as a biscuit-cake."
Tradition has it that when provisions were depleted, a
measly five kernels of corn became everyone's daily rations. In
God's mercy, however, not one of them died of starvation that
bleak winter of 1621-1622.
Lest they forget -- even after a plentiful, surplus harvest,
on their second celebrated Day of Thanksgiving in 1623, each
Pilgrim was served an empty plate for their first course with
only five kernels of corn.
During Thanksgivings past, our family has recounted the
Pilgrims' sacrifices and the Lord's blessings by beginning our
first course of the feast with just five kernels of corn -- lest
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