Rev. Tim Tutor of Brewer Baptist Church gave the message at the service, which took place Sunday night at the Shannon High School Auditorium.
Tutor said times are tough, but there are still plenty of reasons to be grateful this holiday season.
“Yes, America’s in bad shape, but God can put us back,” Tutor told the nearly-full auditorium. “God can be the shelter of America.”
Americans should have faith in God’s renewing and restoring powers, despite a bad economy, he said.
“Our challenges are great; God’s love is greater,” Tutor said.
He also gave thanks for the military and those who died in battle. The service also included a recognition and thank you to veterans, law enforcement, firefighters and elected officials.
Each year, an offering is taken to provide scholarships for Shannon seniors. Recipients of last year’s offering – Chikory Copeland, Brittany Grayson and Anna Kathleen Williams – were recognized at Sunday’s service.
A combined choir of several of Shannon’s churches sang several selections, including “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus,” “America the Beautiful” and “Feeling Mighty Fine.”
Tutor praised the churches who helped put the services together.
“White churches, African-American churches, Hispanic churches – let’s drop those titles. If we’re all washed in the blood of Christ, we’re in His church,” he said.
A Thanksgiving meal followed the service.