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Awakening to Gratitude

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Sermon by Rev. Shawn Newton.

I cringe a bit whenever I hear a parent instruct their child to “say thank you.” I know that custom and good manners expect it, and I appreciate that moments of gratitude, sometimes, quite obviously, need to directly pointed out to an otherwise oblivious child. I realize that most, if not all parents been mortified at some point by their child’s seeming indifference. Yet, real gratitude comes from the heart. It can’t truly to be conjured or compelled. It just wells up, and there’s nothing really that can stop it once it does. Gratitude is genuine; otherwise, it’s not gratitude.

So how do we awaken to a life of gratitude? And why should we bother? I look forward to taking up these questions on Sunday at our annual Thanksgiving service with our harvest communion of heart bread and cider.

Following the service, join us for our Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner. Food donations are encouraged, but if you’re not able to being a dish to share, a financial contribution will also be welcome.

If I don’t see you on Sunday, have a wonderful Thanksgiving. May we all celebrate the great gifts of life with genuine and lasting gratitude.

In faith and love,
Shawn