Pastor Dave has office hours on Wednesday mornings, and is available Fridays by appointment. He preaches and presides one Sunday each month.
“This year on Thanksgiving Day pause and pray”
November is traditionally a month of “thanksgiving.” As we all prepare to gather around the table in a few short weeks, I thought I would share a little history on the Day of Thanksgiving:
“Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.A. is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November or the Sunday before or after Thanksgiving Day. It is a harvest festival, giving thanks for all God’s blessings, often characterized by prayer and feasts. It was first celebrated in North America in 1619 in Charles City, Virginia.”
In this spirit, I ask members of our congregation, as we gather in a world that looks vastly different this year on Thanksgiving Day to pause and pray.
I invite you to please take a moment in your day to either escape from the day for a few minutes alone or share the below prayer communally as your dinner table prayer whether your gathering is in person or perhaps virtually this year.
Remember, the One we give thanks to on Thanksgiving Day. The One who have given us life and given us the ability to live life abundantly! Let us give thanks for the grace that has been bestowed upon us through God’s love for each of us!
So, dear friends of St. Paul’s, I offer this Thanksgiving Prayer to you to illuminate your Thanksgiving Day 2020:
A Thanksgiving Table Prayer
“Most gracious God, you crown the year with your goodness.
We praise you that you have ever fulfilled your promise
that, while earth remains, seedtime and harvest shall not cease.
We bless you for the order and constancy of nature,
For the beauty of earth and sky and sea,
And for the providence that year by year supplies our need.
We thank you for your blessing
on the work of those who have plowed the soil and sowed the seed,
and have now gathered in the fruits of the earth.
And with our thanksgiving for these blessings,
accept our praise, O God,
for the eternal riches of your grace in Christ our Lord;
to whom, with you, O Father, and the Holy Spirit,
be all glory and honor and worship, for ever and ever. Amen.”
Best and Blessings,
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Taken by Pastor Carolyn during one of our recent downpours from the parsonage.
Pastor Dave preached this past Pentecost Sunday, May 31st. I hope that you caught his opening remarks on Zoom as he explained the symbolism being employed on the altar in the chapel. Pastor Dave feels that Pentecost is one of the most important days of the church year. The beginning of evangelism in the church.
The altar he explained was arranged to symbolize tongues of fire (the red candles) descending from the holy spirit (white candles and drape on cross).
This is meant to celebrate the presence of God at work in our lives wherever we find ourselves in this uncertain time.
A reminder God is always with us in our daily lives. God came that day in three forms: wind, fire and language (communication).
Designed by our own Dave Riethmiller