Thanksgiving Sunday: Blessed

Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Please find the Order of Service for this service here and the Announcements here.

 

From the Pulpit

 

“Blessed”

 

High above us the sun shines

and beyond the sun

the stars of night

hide in the daytime sky.

 

Below our feet

the worms

out of their bodies remake the earth

And at the centre

the earth still simmers

with its first fire.

 

Somewhere

between the stars and the earth's core

we live

and weep

and ask

and laugh

and answer.

 

Such wonders abounding

how can we not be amazed?

Let the light and darkness

bless each other

and bless us.

 

Amen

- Barbara J. Pescan

 

 

This Sunday, we will celebrate the earth’s bounty with our annual Thanksgiving Harvest Communion, with apple cider and fresh-baked bread (along with a gluten-free option). My sermon will take up the question of what it means to count ourselves blessed in this world. The choir and our Resident Musicians will offer powerful settings of two spirituals by the African American composer Moses Hogan. And a cast comprised of our young people will present as the Time for All Ages a Readers’ Theatre version of “The Queen’s Loaves.”

 

Following the service, we will take share in our annual Thanksgiving Potluck, upstairs in Workman Hall. All are invited. Please bring a dish to share or plan to contribute financially toward the meal, if possible.

 

May this Thanksgiving, in whatever ways you celebrate, provide you opportunities to connect with gratitude and with joy, and know yourself blessed by Life.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

In faith and love,

Shawn

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