Thanksgiving is the one holiday that is distinctly Christian and distinctly American. Other holidays are distinctly Christian (Christmas and Easter) and others are distinctly American (Independence Day and President’s Day). But perhaps in the aftermath of one of the harsh winters of William Bradford’s Pilgrims, early Americans determined to start giving thanks to God.
We embrace this tradition at Camelback Bible Church, and make much of praising our God. ‘Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord’ (Ephesians 5:20). On Thanksgiving Day, we enjoy a tradition of at least four decades in duration, with the Turkey Bowl at 8:30 am on the fields of Phoenix Country Day School across the street to the south of us, in which the younger men of the church square off against the older men in an exciting football match. Afterwards, everyone gathers in room 209 for the annual Thanksgiving Service, an informal time of sharing with each other praises to God for his goodness in our church family and in our lives individually.
Thanksgiving at Camelback – what a blessing awaits us all!