On Thanksgiving Day, churches in the United States come together to commemorate the blessings of God in the year of 2019.
The tradition of Thanksgiving began in 1621 when the Pilgrims yielded an abundant harvest after suffering a great loss during a bitter winter. The nation has continued to unite and celebrate for the great provision of God experienced throughout the year. The festivity is passed on to unite, reflect and rejoice in the grace of God, that the Holy Spirit may strengthen the hearts of the peoples.
Following the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus", churches unite to offer an expression of gratitude towards God. Congregations are encouraged to acknowledge the blessings of God and to respond to them by praising his name and sharing in his love.
Thanksgiving services and dinners have been prepared among churches in New York City, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Atlanta, St. Louis and other cities, recounting God's mercy and love.