National Day of Thanksgiving

On October 3, 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation that November 26 of that year was to be, "a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness." (read his full proclamation here).

Although Thanksgiving Day 2020 also falls on November 26, the congregation of Our Savior Lutheran in Sparks will not be gathering this day to worship in our sanctuary. This is simply because we were not able to secure a guest preacher for the Thanksgiving service. 

A number of resources are are listed below to help you and your loved ones celebrate a Day of Thanksgiving.

We thank God especially for,

  • Our guest preachers who have ministered to us during our pastoral vacancy
  • Our congregation's leadership, staff, and volunteers who have diligently continued to perform their work
  • Our public officials whose work is appointed by God (Romans 13:1)
  • Our first responders and essential workers who have provided care
  • Our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ who has saved us from the sickness of sin


Readings Commentary* Select Sermons (posted on
Old Testament Deuteronomy 8:1-10 Kretzmann Commentary on Deuteronomy 8
Psalm Psalm 67 Kretzmann Commentary on Psalm 67  

Epistle Philippians 4:6-20

(alt.) 1st Timothy 2:1-4

Kretzmann Commentary on Philippians 4

Kretzmann Commentary on 1st Timothy 2

Gospel Luke 17:11-19

Gospel Notes For Thanksgiving Day - Study Notes on the Gospel Reading, designed for lay persons PDF download (more info)

Kretzmann Commentary on Luke 17


* Commentary source is the Kretzmann Project, an electronic version of The Popular Commentary of the Bible by the Rev. Doctor Paul E. Kretzmann. The four volume set (now out of print) was published by Concordia Publishing House (CPH) of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod beginning in 1921. Readers will note the Biblical text in the Commentary is King James Version (KJV).