Happy Thanksgiving!   An old friend sent me a prayer along with her Thanksgiving card.  It is from The Book of Common Prayer 1979 entitled “A General Thanksgiving.”  I plan to use it for our blessing as we gather to eat and share this holiday time with  family, friends and food.  I hope it blesses you as you read it.

“Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us.  We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.  We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.  We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.  We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.  Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know Truth and make Truth known, and at all times and in all places to give thanks in all things.”

Do you realize that Christmas is exactly one month from today?  This coming Sunday is Advent I.   Damara and Jane have prepared the Advent wreath for us and Kurt has issued the following invitation to all:  Join us this Sunday as we light the first Advent candle, dedicate the pledges, and celebrate the beginning of Advent with the beautiful language of the King James Version of the Bible and the majestic language of The Book of Common Prayer, as we have not heard it at Christ Church in many, many years.  Kurt is the celebrant, worship assistant is Bryce Treichel, Janet Lyman is Lector, Paul Muench is Intercessor and Betty is music minister.  Kurt’s message is entitled: “Words that Shall Never Pass Away.”   The historic Bible that Richard had rebound several years ago will be on display on the altar and Paul will use Form I (BCP page 383) for the Prayers of the People.

Beth and her Mission and Outreach committee are busy purchasing items to fill the gift bags that will be distributed to folks who are clients of the Food Pantry Saturday, Dec 18.  Like last year, flyers will be given out at the Food Pantry on the 11th and 18th inviting people to come over to our parking lot on the 18th to receive blankets and gift bags for adults and children.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed items toward this project.   If you are available to help on Saturday the 18th with moving items from the church to the parking lot these ladies would really appreciate your assistance.

Here are some more “oops” that have been printed in church newsletters.  I hope you enjoyed the ones last week and that you looked forward to reading some more this week.

“Don’t let worry kill you – let the Church help.”

“At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What is Hell?”  Come early and listen to our choir practice.”

“Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled.  Proceeds will be used to cripple children.”

The sign-up sheet for the Dec 22 dinner is on top of the organ.  Please sign up and so we know how many people to expect.  Dinner will be served in a formal manner in the church with table cloths, candles, silverware and wine.

Next Wednesday, Dec 1 is our first Advent potluck at 6 p.m. followed by a Contemplative Prayer service in the church led by Susan Pullin.  Her service will include music, poetry, prayer and time to pause to reflect on this season.  I am reminded of the advertisement which included the phrase  ”The pause that refreshes.”  I know I need to be refreshed.  How about you?

The readings for Advent I are Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-9; and 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13.  The Gospel reading is Luke 21:25-36.

See you Sunday!





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