LESSON: Philippians 4:4-9
MESSAGE: “The Thanks Before…”
This week, as we look forward to Thanksgiving, we are taking some time to sit with gratitude. Being thankful is not just an emotional response to being gifted with good things, but is something that we need to practice and cultivate. Typically we think of giving thanks as something that we do after we receive something. When someone gives us a gift we say, “thank you” and we might follow that up by sending them a card telling them how much we enjoyed the gift. In this week’s text from Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he invites the hearer to be thankful in a different way, asking God for what we need with thanksgiving. We’re challenged to be thankful in advance and in all circumstances. We’ll look at what it means to bring gratitude to our own daily lives and practice.
Something that I am thankful for is our Rise Against Hunger event, sponsored by in memory of Nick Epstein by his family. The stories and pictures from last year’s event conveyed the joy of participating to put so many meals together for others. What a fantastic way to be present to each other while also attending to the needs of people around the world.
Blessings and peace,
Prelude: “Prelude in C” J. S. Bach
Anthem: “On Eagle’s Wings” Joncas Amanda Redman, soloist
Meditation: “I Will Praise the Lord” Telemann
Postlude: “Nun danket alle Gott (“Now thank we all our God”) Crüger
Will be meeting downstairs as usual for Sunday School lesson.
Will have service Sunday setting up for Rise Against Hunger and make mittens for the mitten tree.
9 o’Clock Choir
Rehearsal are offered on Sunday mornings from 9:00am to 9:45am. Child care will be provided from 8:45am through the end of worship service. It will be a “drop-in” choir; anyone is welcome to join us on any Sunday. Please join us! Drop in any Sunday.
Advent choral service
To prepare for the Advent choral service additional rehearsals have been scheduled for December 5th and December 12th. We hope you can join us.
– Allen LeVines, Director of Music