The community is invited to come together and take part in a Thanksgiving worship service at 6 p.m. tonight at First Baptist Church in Stephenville.
The annual event is hosted by several local churches, and ministers from different denominations will lead the service.
“Despite our different backgrounds and ideas, this is an opportunity for the Christian community to come together and show unity,” said Rev. Curt Plaxco with the Church of the Nazarene. “It is a chance for us to get together and thank God for what He has done.”
The Oakdale Methodist Praise Band, led by Wayne Cooper, will provide praise and worship music. Other special music throughout the service will be provided by Rev. Mo Howard from First Assembly of God, and the Cross Timbers Church of Christ Choir.
Rev. Sharon Bryant from First Presbyterian will give the sermon.
Rev. Bryant’s message will come from the Gospel of Luke. She will talk about “gratitude and what we owe to God.” The sermon will center around the story of the 10 lepers who were all healed by Jesus, but only one came back to thank Him.
“I’m going to talk about how many times we have forgotten to thank God for what he has done for us,” Rev. Bryant said. “I know the economy is bad right now and many people are suffering, but we have still been blessed in so many ways with family, friends and so many other things. It’s important for us to remember that.”