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Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Dear Friends, Thanksgiving 2017
Grace and peace in Jesus' Name. This quote came from a Our Daily Bread devotional- "Our children grew up accustomed to thanking God for their food and asking Him to bless it. Once, after my husband had prayed, Tina asked, "Daddy, why did you ask God to bless this food to our wobbly knees?" He had said, "bodily needs", not "wobbly knees". Tina's misunderstanding not only reminded us of the necessity of food, but also encouraged us to ask God for strength when we face life's stresses.” This year, with so many storms and tragedies, we do have wobbly knees. How can we rejoice always and give thanks in all circumstances?
Yet….as the Bible says…this is God’s will for us through Jesus. This Thanksgiving let us accept the challenge to give thanks in all circumstances. As people of faith we need to remember that no matter what hardship we are going through, no matter what difficult or adversity we are experiencing we can always give thanks for Jesus our Lord and Savior.
I think we could all do better at not forgetting God by saying grace before each meal. Taking the time and pausing before digging in helps us focus on all that God has given to us- especially our faith in Jesus. The key is to ‘rejoice in the Lord always.” (Philippians 4)
I am amazed that there will be so many Thanksgiving dinners that there will not be a moment of prayer before eating. Be the person at your Thanksgiving table that offers a prayer of thanks. People of faith have eyes to see and experience the blessings of the Lord.
Gratitude is a Christian value that we must embody and teach our kids from an early age. There is great strength that comes from God when we count our blessings. There are times when even I forgot to say grace and my kids joyfully remind me! They were taught this simple grace from their days at the United Methodist Nursery School in Winchester MA. 'Thank you for the world so sweet, thank you for the food we eat, thank you for the birds that sing, thank you God for everything. Amen.' And remember that giving thanks is contagious! I have often been lifted up by the person who is filled with thanks to God even while they are suffering in some way.
I encourage you to make a point of giving thanks to God even when times are tough and you have to work at counting your blessings. It is what the Pilgrims did on that first Thanksgiving in 1621 even though nearly half of their community had died the previous year. They were able to do this because they were focused on Jesus and the gift of eternal life and love!
I thank you for your Thanksgiving offering that shows your faithfulness and gratitude. Your offering enables us to feed the hungry -both physically and spiritually. Please come to our Thanksgiving Sunday celebration at 9am or 10:30am on November 19th.
You are also invited to attend a special Inter-Faith Thanksgiving Service at the new Sikh Temple on Flanders Rd. in Westborough at 7pm on Tuesday November 21. You will need to bring a covering for your head like a scarf or handkerchief and you will be required to remove you shoes to enter the sanctuary. Let us unite in giving thanks to God.
With Great thanks to God for you!
Pastor John Wesley Taylor
Sunday Worship Schedule
Join us for a traditional worship service @ 9:00am with age appropiate Sunday School classes for kids ages pre-k through high school. Our 10:30am service is a bit more relaxed with a contemporary flair.
Come early and join us for a hymn sing at 8:45 am.
Refreshments and fellowship time at 10 am.