Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas—November 23rd, 2017
Giving Thanks. This coming Thursday is the national day of Thanksgiving in this country. Thousands of turkeys will be roasted, fried, broiled or spared. Thousands of pounds of food will be prepared and shared as families, friends and acquaintances gather for the feast.
We will gather at St Thomas Church on Thanksgiving Day at 10:00am to give thanks to God, sing the hymns and share the bread and wine at God’s table. Come and join us in prayer, song and Thanksgiving if you are able, or pray wherever you are. Here is the link to the proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln in 1864, which made Thanksgiving Day a national holiday. www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=69998 But it was George Washington who first proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving in 1777, and in 1789. Here is the link for Washington’s proclamation of 1789: www.founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/05-04-02-0091
A lot of words, but important reminders for us in our own time. As you gather on this day, whether the celebration is small or large, may it be a time of joy in relationships, and gentle remembering of those we love but see no longer.
Rejoice, give thanks, and be filled!
Let us pray: Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Collect for Thanksgiving Day
Peace and blessing, Carol+