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Pastor's Notes (November 2011)

posted Dec 18, 2014, 3:06 PM by Henry McTague

Dear Friends in Christ,

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

(Philippians 4.6-7)

In the midst of this Year of Gratitude, we pause to lift up to God prayers of praise and appreciation for the blessings of our lives. The month of November brings us several opportunities to

rejoice and celebrate God’s gifts. Beginning with All Saints’ Day, our Stewardship Celebration, Reign of Christ Sunday and Thanksgiving Day observances remind us that every week is filled with moments for gratitude and reflection.

As a community of faith, we are very fortunate to have a congregation of good, caring folk, who are committed to traveling the path of discipleship together. In the company of the saints, past and present, we strengthen our ties of fellowship and friendship in the moments that we share in the sanctuary worshipping together, and the occasions for serving God in the wider community. Our destiny is ours, as we devote ourselves to the work of the church each and every day, while looking toward the future that God will envision through us. With Christ as Head of the church, we are

secure in the assurances of faith that we discover in Scripture, and which are affirmed in the experiences and witness of our lives and the lives of others. Thanksgiving Day gives us a moment to

surrender ourselves completely to gratitude – for faces around the table, and for faces missing from the table, but not forgotten. We are grateful for homes, families, employment, and health. We

remember to praise God for the ability to reach out to those in need, and the support that we receive when we struggle personally. Blessings abound.

The advice of Paul, to release our worries and surrender to God’s will and God’s peace, seems easier to heed during November, when our gratitude is so great. For indeed, giving ourselves into God’s care and keeping, and trusting in God’s wisdom and will for our lives will bring to us the peace that eludes us elsewhere.

Wishing you every Thanksgiving blessing,

Pastor Gail