Dear Church Family,
Here's one of my favorite prayers. It's a prayer of thanks.
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but also in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
During November we naturally think of all the ways we're blessed by God. And we'll actually share some of those with each other during our worship on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23 at 10:00 AM).
Gratitude ("with truly thankful hearts") has always been the primary motivation in responding to stewardship requests and opportunities for sharing our time, talents, and treasure. Our Stewardship Committee, chaired by Richie Baud, has designed a creative campaign for this month involving personal statements of gratitude on bulletin inserts leading up to "Pledge Sunday" on November 19th, when we're encouraged to place our pledge in a sealed envelope and deposit it in the pledge box. The envelope will be returned to us next year unopened! This emphasizes that it's our commitment to God and his ministry through us. Please pray over your commitment accordingly.
The Church Year then concludes on Christ the King Sunday, November 26th. May you have many causes for gratitude in the year ahead!

Peace & Joy!

Ron

 

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