Giving thanks for YOU

Though the history of the Thanksgiving holiday is pretty complicated, it’s good to give thanks.  God is so amazing – and so giving – it is right to give our thanks and praise (as we say on communion Sundays).  But, here’s the amazing thing that I’m just starting to realize: God gives thanks for you. That is, God delights in God’s good creation… and YOU’RE a part of it. Amazing grace.

Speaking of grace, Advent is almost here.  In fact, this Sunday Dec 1, we’ll begin our Advent season with the lighting of the advent candle, communion and a special acapella (no instrument) service.  You won’t want to miss it.

On top of that, we’re kicking off our Weekly Advent Gatherings on Wednesday, Dec 4th at 5:30pm.  We’ll gather in McKinley Hall for a simple supper (soup and bread will be provided, but feel free to bring a side, drink or dessert) and then we’ll head to the sanctuary for a time of reflection and singing.  We’ll be focusing on the Danish concept of “hygge” and how to prepare for the coming tidings of comfort and joy.

Finally, mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec 7.  We’ll gather at the church at 2pm to decorate the Christmas tree and enjoy a hot cocoa bar before heading out to do some Christmas caroling for our homebound friends and others in the community. 

With deep gratitude for what God is doing and how you’re a part of it,

Pastor Ben

PS – Here’s last Sunday’s sermon if you missed it. It’s a challenging one!