Thanksgiving seems to usher in the holiday season, and rightly so. From Thanksgiving to Advent to Christmastime to Epiphany (and we can event count in Lent and Easter), the calendar is regulated around the revelation that Philippians 2: 6-7 testifies that Jesus, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” It is humbling to begin our pilgrimage every year with a holiday that is anchored in God’s providence and good favor. Unlike the other moments celebrated from the root of Scripture, Thanksgiving reminds us about the roots of America and God’s guiding hand. More and more, we need to incorporate proper thanks to God for all we have and all we are, lest we forget and possibly be forgotten (like the 10 northern tribes of Israel in exile). Here are eight ways to consider applying the lesson of giving thanks in your congregation.