“O God of our salvation, you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.” So proclaims the writer of Psalm 65, and the declaration seems a good one for this season of thanksgiving. “You crown the year with your bounty,” the psalmist goes on to observe, and we too sense the fullness and the waning of the year.
This coming Sunday, November 19, gratitude will be the focus of our worship. We’ll sing beloved and familiar seasonal hymns and our sense of appreciation will be enhanced by reminders of autumn harvest. At the morning services, five of our youth will present a short dramatic scene to set the stage for our prayers and reflections. 3rd Service will start out with an offering from the ensemble called, “Pastures of Plenty.”
Our scripture text will be 2 Corinthians 9:6-15. In this excerpt from one of his letters, Paul contemplates the joys of sharing God’s abundant blessings, the confidence we can have in God’s goodness, and the ways we can participate in God’s generosity. “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift of grace!” Paul exclaims. April’s sermon title is “Overflowing Gratitude.”
In addition to our three regular worship services, this Sunday we will also remember and give thanks for the life of Thelma Yasuda. Thelma’s family welcomes our participation in her memorial, which begins at 1 pm in the sanctuary.
Come and go in peace; see you in church!