Happy Thanksgiving! During last week's children's sermon, we talked about the seasons of the church year and the liturgical colors connected to each season. Young Ethan noticed that a day seemed to be missing. "What about Thanksgiving?" he asked. I replied that Thanksgiving is a holiday but it's not one that appears on the church calendar. I was wrong about that. Prayers and scripture lessons for the Day of Thanksgiving do appear in our hymnal and many churches celebrate Thanksgiving with a worship service. So, Ethan, I apologize. Thanksgiving is part of the church calendar, but one that doesn't need to be confined to one day. Thanksgiving is not only a day to celebrate with friends and family and sinfully rich food, it is an everyday sense of gratitude to God for all God has given us.
In case you're stumped for a prayer to share at your Thanksgiving table tomorrow, here is the prayer appointed for Thanksgiving Day in our book of worship:
Almighty God our Father, your generous goodness comes to us new every day. By the work of your Spirit lead us to acknowledge your goodness, give thanks for your benefits, and serve you in willing obedience, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
And here is a simpler prayer, in case you have a child who would like to pray:
Thank you, God, for this food so yummy,
Thank you for a happy tummy.
Thank you, God, for this special treat,
We'll remember your blessings as we eat.
Thanks for food and thanks for love,
Thanks to our Lord in heaven above. Amen.
Thank you to all who made last Saturday's Community Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Mark such a success! We lost count, but estimate close to 90 people were served a delicious meal of turkey with all that goes with it, made with love by our great St. Mark cooks.
Wanted for a special Christmas surprise: your Christmas ads, the slick color ones you get in the mail. Please bring them to church or put them on my desk. Thanks!
For the next week or two, Zion will be having new heating equipment installed in the sanctuary and the fellowship hall and office sections of the church. The installation will probably affect our worship services, including our midweek Advent gatherings. Right now, we will be able to worship in the sanctuary this coming Sunday, November 29. Our first Advent meal and service will be moved to the Presbyterian Church of Floyd, beginning at 5:30 pm; we may decide to hold all three weeks' services there, but that decision hasn't been made yet. As the work progresses, we'll have a better idea of changes we will need to make. I promise to let you know of changes as soon as I know them; thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Gratitude:
"In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich."
Yours in Christ,