Sermon Summary

November 17, 2019

This week is Thanksgiving Sunday at New Covenant and our feature text is from the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 26, verses 1 thru 11. In this passage, the Israelites are given instructions for presenting their thank offerings to God after they are settled in the land God is giving them.

Notice, the instructions involve actions on their part. Often, we hear the word “Thanksgiving” and we think of the noun, the holiday. But, thanksgiving is also a verb. It is an expression of gratitude and appreciation. We must also remember, as the Israelites in the passage are instructed to remember, Thanksgiving is more than a day, thanksgiving is something we do. It is a way of living.

This Thanksgiving, let us not only give thanks for that which we have received, but may our thanksgiving be expressed in our everyday living. May our thanksgiving be expressed, not only as a gesture of appreciation for what we have received from God and others, but also in what we share of ourselves with the world. Amen.


Rev. Bradley A. Walmer,
a 2008 graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree and was awarded the 2008 Rev. Delores Berry prize for preaching. He was ordained into Christian ministry by the Lebanon Association of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ on June 1, 2008. Prior to beginning his pastorate here at New Covenant on August 1, 2015, he served as the pastor of St. Paul’s Summer Hill UCC in Auburn, Pa  (located southeast of Pottsville, PA).

Pastor Brad and his wife Michelle were born and raised in Lebanon County and now reside in the area with their dog, Barkley.


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