"For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1
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 at 7:30 PM (with Holy Communion and special music from our choirs) - 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!
"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good and His mercy endures forever." See you in Church!
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 New Testament 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 on Sunday, December 2 as well.