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What Time Is It?

"For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1

Dear Friends,

Each November by looking at the calendar, I understand that in theory that I should be getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, in past years as Christmas decorations sit alongside Haloween costumes in stores throughout October, I must confess to being a bit distracted and maybe even singing a few bars of the Chicago song, "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" If the truth were told, how many of us would admit that Thanksgiving for many has become yet another rushed weekend of food, football, shopping, and travel?

Perhaps it is time to slow down, set some priorities, and spend some time enjoying and giving thanks for the many God given blessings of our lives: food, family, friends, material possessions, talents, and the gift of time itself. Perhaps it is time for us to once again take time to really give thanks to God the giver of all good things. Here are a few suggestions of how we can give thanks:

1. In offering our time and talents to others - Who is in need as Christmas approaches? Who is lonely? Who is sick? How might you share your abundance with them? How might this be a season for them to give thanks as well?

2. In offering of our treasures - If you are not sure of the channels to help others, or are limited by your time or ability, or frankly would like to do more, offering up your monetary gifts to God is certainly a way to give thanks, both at Thanksgiving and throughout the year.

3. In Word and Sacrament - In fact the word Eucharist (Holy Communion), from the Greek means quite literally "Thanksgiving." The Eucharist is our meal with God, where we eat with thanksgiving for all of God's gifts and especially for the gift of Christ.

4. Worship on Thanksgiving Eve - Take time to give thanks for the many blessings God has given us by gathering in prayer and praise on the eve of the holiday itself. Come worship with us!

This Wednesday November 23 - 7:30 PM Holy Communion

"Does anybody really know what time it is?" It's time to give thanks. For the Lord is good and his mercy endures forever. See you in Church!
Pastor Mueller

PS - There will be no Saturday service this weekend but, in addition to Wednesday night, you are welcome to join us Sunday at 8:15 or 11:00 AM. Also, please note that our Bible Basics class starts in Daniel's Den (classroom in office hallway) this Sunday at 9:30 AM. We are looking forward to seeing many of you at Advent Family Night this Sunday as well.

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