GratitudeLogo_purple_web-header.png

Ideas

Week 52

Who to Thank

Someone who gave you a Christmas gift

Scripture

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

Quote

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.

- Peg Bracken
 

Week 51

Who to Thank

Christmas Eve worship leader/musician/usher/altar guild/tech crew

Scripture

From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise, of glory to the Righteous One.

Isaiah 24:16

Quote

The best gift around the Christmas tree is the presence of family wrapped in love.

- Burton Hills
 

Week 50

Who to Thank

A store clerk

Scripture

Give thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Epheisans 5:20

Quote

A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness.

- James E. Faust
 

Week 49

Who to Thank

Someone who is helping you experience Advent more fully

Scripture

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Philippians 4:6

Quote

Being grateful in our circumstances is an act of faith in God.

- Dieter F. Uchtdorf
 

Week 48

Who to Thank

A family member

Scripture

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

Quote

The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.

- Robert Holden
 

Week 47

Who to Thank

A Thanksgiving host or guest

Scripture

The grateful heart sits at a continuous feast.

Proverbs 15:15

Quote

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.

- W.T. Purkiser
 

Week 46

Who to Thank

Someone who helped you turn a challenge into a blessing

Scripture

Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan.

Luke 17: 15-16

Quote

Gratitude is a form of worship in its own right, as it implies the acceptance of a power greater that yourself.

- Stephen Richards
 

Week 45

Who to Thank

A veteran

Scripture

We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly

1 Thessalonians 1:2

Quote

Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.

- John Ortberg
 

Week 44

Who to Thank

Someone who has passed away

Scripture

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Psalm 136:1

Quote

The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.

- Thornton Wilder
 

Week 43

Who to Thank

Counselor/confidant/trustworthy friend

Scripture

His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”

Matthew 25:23

Quote

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.

- John F. Kennedy
 

Week 42

Who to Thank

A child or teenager

Scripture

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Colossians 2:7

Quote

I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside.

- Whitney Houston
 

Week 41

Who to Thank

Someone who helped you accomplish something

Scripture

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

James 1:17

Quote

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.

- Brian Tracy
 

Week 40

Who to Thank

Grocery or restaurant worker

Scripture

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name.

Psalm 30:4

Quote

Gratitude bestows reverence ... changing forever how we experience the world.

- John Milton
 

Week 39

Who to Thank

Mechanic/car wash employee/gas station attendant

Scripture

Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.

Psalm 84:4

Quote

Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

- Unknown
 

Week 38

Who to Thank

Someone you served or someone who gave you an opportunity to serve

Scripture

Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

1 John 3:18

Quote

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

- Mother Teresa
 

Week 37

Who to Thank

Someone who helped you dream big

Scripture

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe

Hebrews 12:28

Quote

Whenever we are appreciative, we are filled with a sense of well-being and swept up by the feeling of joy.

- M.J. Ryan
 

Week 36

Who to Thank

Someone of another generation

Scripture

How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you?

1 Thessalonians 3:9

Quote

We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

- Albert Schweitzer
 

Week 35

Who to Thank

School Teacher, Administrator or Support Staff

Scripture

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.

Colossians 4:2

Quote

We sometimes forget just how far we take our students every year. The first day of school is an exhausting reminder.

- Kathy Griffin's Teaching Strategies
 

Week 34

Who to Thank

Volunteers who made preparations for the new school year

Scripture

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.

1 Peter 4: 10

Quote

The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.

- Mother Teresa
 

Week 33

Who to Thank

A school board member

Scripture

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.

Colossians 3:16

Quote

What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.

- Brene' Brown
 

Week 32

Who to Thank

H.E.R.O.E.S. staff and volunteers (leave notes in Children's Ministry office on Sunday)

Scripture

I will deal with all your oppressors at that time. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth.

Zephaniah 3:19

Quote

To witness miracles unfold in your experience, count your blessing and be thankful. Perceived small blessings accumulate to be the most powerful.

- T.F. Hodge
From Within I Rise 

Week 31

Who to Thank

Write words of gratitude for a situation that taught you an unexpected lesson

Scripture

You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.

Psalm 30: 11-12

Quote

Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture.

- Kak Sri
 

Week 30

Who to Thank

Mail carrier, trash collector or newspaper deliverer

Scripture

Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 4:15

Quote

The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.


- WIlliam James
 

Week 29

Who to Thank

Someone who cooked, served or cleaned up after your meal

Scripture

Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High.

Psalm 50.14

Quote

Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live.

- Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear
 

Week 28

Who to Thank

Police officer, fire fighter or neighborhood patrol

Scripture

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

Psalm 28:7

Quote

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.

- William Faulkner
 

<123

Resources

At the Gratitude Store

Sundays, 9-12:30 & 6-6:30
Shawver Welcome Center

Books, journals, thank-you logs

Merchandise will change from month to month. Cash and credit cards accepted.

img_gratitude_book-simple-act.JPGA Simple Act of Gratitude

- John Kralik 

(Also in our library as
365 Thank Yous

In Our Library

img_gratitude_book-gratitude-street.jpg

I Bought a House on Gratitude Street: and other insights on the good life

- J. Ellsworth Kalas

img_gratitude_book-chocolate.JPG

Chocolate for a Woman's Blessings

- Kay Allenbaugh

img_gratitude_book-secret.jpg

The Secret of Saying Thanks

- Douglas Wood

Other Suggestions

img_gratitude_attitudes.jpg

Attitudes of Gratitude

- M.J. Ryan

img_gratitude_book-choosing.jpg

Choosing Gratitude

- Nancy Leigh DeMoss