Associate Pastor

Pastor Dave has office hours on Wednesday mornings, and is available Fridays by appointment.  He preaches and presides one Sunday each month.


“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.”

 

 

A Thanksgiving Table Prayer.

 



November 2019

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 with friends and family on Thanksgiving Day to not only enjoy the time together with food and football, feast and drink – but I ask our community, our church to pause. 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. 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 2019:

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.”

 

 

Pastor Dave