Gathering to Give Thanks

Matthew 9:35-38 (NLT)

35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”


1. Lives changed by knowing Jesus.

2. The community of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

3. More people engaged in the work of the harvest.


Where your faith intersects with real life!


Each person shares a recent high and low from their life.


Review the message notes.

Big Idea: Celebrating what God has done and is doing in people’s lives builds faith for the future.


Choose one or two questions for your Group to discuss as time allows.

▶ Read Matthew 28:19-20. How does Worship Center invest in this commission? Which story or statistic caught your attention?

▶ Read Matthew 9:35-38. What motivated Jesus to shepherd the crowd? Which of the 3 areas mentioned: at home, in Lancaster, PA, or into all the world, has your attention/compassion in this season of your life?


Spend a moment in silence to consider your response, then share your decision with the Group.

Read Acts 1:8. This week we talked about 3 Reasons to Give Thanks: Lives changed by knowing Jesus, The community of Lancaster, PA, and More people engaged in the work of the harvest.

Take a moment and ask God if there is a next level connection He has for you – to pray into one of these areas intentionally, to get involved investing your time, and/or to make a specific financial investment.

Feel free to make a private commitment or to share with the group.


Thank God for the highs and lift up the lows.

Read Matthew 9:35-38. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to the fields.

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