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Journey Notes for November

 

“If the only prayer you ever say is ‘thank you,’ that would be enough.”  Meister Eckhart, 13th century mystic

 

Dear Friends on the Journey,

I know you have heard me share the above quote many times, but it bears repeating. You cannot say “thank you” too much or too often. We are called to be people of gratitude, thanking God without ceasing for all the abundant blessings that God has provided for us. We would not be the people we are today without the amazing gift of grace that God offered us by giving us his only Son. That should be more than enough to prompt us to praise God and to offer our gratitude. In November, when we gather to celebrate thanksgiving we focus on giving thanks, but we should be a people of thanks-living, living a life of gratitude every month, every day.

We will have several opportunities in the next month in worship to offer our gratitude. On November 4 we will celebrate All Saints Sunday, when we remember those of our church family who have entered the church triumphant and are now among that great cloud of witnesses that watch over us. That day we will also dedicate our Christmas Shoe Boxes, before they are sent off to be a part of some children’s Christmas celebrations. That morning we will also dedicate the sweaters which our Knitters on a Mission have made this year for Knit for Kids, so that they also can be shared with those in need.

November 11 is Veterans Day, and we will pause to honor the veterans in our midst. At 11:00 a.m. that morning our church bell will be rung to acknowledge those who gave their lives during World War I. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice which ended that war. In addition to honoring our veterans that morning, we will also honor our staff. Watch for details in the bulletin. It will be a great day to thank God for all our paid staff that do so much to help us live into our vision of growing deeper and reaching wider.

On November 18 the United Methodist Women will lead worship as we celebrate their World Thank Offering. We are privileged this year to have Becky Parsons from United Methodist Global Ministries to share the message with us that day.

On November 25 Pastor Caleb will bring the message on Sunday morning and will remind us of the importance of gratitude in our lives as faithful disciples. This is also Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday in the church’s liturgical year. It’s a wonderful day to again be grateful for the amazing gift of God in Jesus Christ.

Advent this year begins Sunday, December 2, and our worship that day will be a hanging of the greens service at 8:15 and 10:45.

So let’s practice thanks-living. There will be many opportunities this month to get you started.


Blessings on the Journey,
Pastor Arlene

 

 “I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now (Philippians 1:3-5).”