The Surprising Origins of Two Thanksgiving Hymns

What if I told you that “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” and “We Gather Together” were originally not meant to be Thanksgiving hymns as we know it today? Yes, both were not written for the purpose of giving thanks and praise to God for a good harvest. “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” It is true that “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,” written in 1844 by Henry Alford, an Anglican minister, has overtones of joy at harvest time. In Stanza 1, the people are exhorted to sing in thankfulness for the…

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Turkey, Football and Thanksgiving Day

  Scripture Readings: Psalm 136:1-26 • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 November 23, 2014 • KSYC 103.9FM (Yreka, CA) • Download this devotional (PDF) Hello, and welcome to another edition of our Sunday Focus on the Bible. My name is Nollie Malabuyo, Pastor of Big Springs Community Church in Montague. Today, we take a break from our study of Biblical mountains. Instead, we will meditate on a holiday that is dear to the hearts of all Americans: Thanksgiving Day. Let’s go back some 400 years ago, in Plymouth, England. A group of 102 men, women and…

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