Sermon Text: Luke 17:11-18
It is Thanksgiving week. Kind of ironic that the Scottish guy gets to share the sermon on this particular subject. Thanksgiving is a very American holiday. I had never experienced it until I moved here. Of course I have been stateside for almost 20 years so I have picked up on the story and the traditions. Turns out I have had the whole thing wrong. I thought the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621, as English Pilgrims at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts shared a bountiful harvest with their Native American neighbors. But now that I live in Florida I visit the Fountain of Youth in St Augustine and find out that the first Thanksgiving celebration in North America actually took place there!
Fifty-five years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, colonists in St. Augustine shared a feast of thanksgiving with Native Americans. Of course historians will argue and debate, I have also seen Virginia claim the first thanksgiving meal. But now that I am a Floridian, I am totally on board with the St Augustine claim...Read full sermon text here (PDF)