"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 choir) - 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!
Read on - 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 we will begin two new Adult Education offerings this Sunday at 9:30 as well. Even if you are away this weekend, feel free to stop by in the weeks ahead at 9:30 AM for either education offering. "How Lutherans Interpret the Bible" will gather in Daniel's Den (in office hallway alongside church lobby). Through video and discussion, we will approach such topics as Lutherans View of the Word of God, Where the Bible Comes From, Interpreting the Bible in Context, Discerning Right from Wrong, and Multiple Meanings Of Scripture. No prior knowledge is needed to participate, just an openness to questions and a desire to grow in faith. Being offered downstairs in Jerusalem Room (bottom of church stairs to the right in Sunday School Wing) is "Making Sense of the Christian Faith," an overview of who we are, who God is, and our core beliefs as Christians. Included in this gathering are basic approaches to theological concepts such as Creation, Sin, Incarnation, Atonement, the Church and the Holy Spirit, and Eschatology (End Times). Come join us and be enriched in faith. Also, we are looking forward to seeing many of you at Advent Family Night on Sunday, December 1 as well.