“…we your people, the flock of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever;
from generation to generation we will recount your praise” (Psalm 79:13). As
we think about November, our minds always go to Thanksgiving, a time of
gathering with friends and family, eating (or should I say overeating) a
delicious meal and enjoying football (for some). Besides Thanksgiving Day,
we have many reasons to give thanks to God.
Personally, I give thanks for the opportunity I had to go to Colorado for the
Cross+Gen (cross generational) ministry conference. One of my take aways
from the conference is something called Faith5. First, you tell each other
your highs and lows from that day. Secondly, you read a passage or a story
from scripture. Third, you talk about the scripture and how it applies to your
highs and lows. Fourth, you pray together and fifth, you bless each other.
You may want to incorporate all or parts of this as you give thanks together.
We have a wonderful meal of blessing when we gather for the Lord’s
Supper. As we pray and recount Jesus sharing the bread and wine with his
disciples, we hear that Jesus gave thanks. Eucharist, another word for
communion means, “the giving of thanks, thanksgiving” (dictionary.com). No
matter what name we choose for Holy Communion, it is an important
sacramental meal through which we give thanks to God.
Activity-wise November is a month full of opportunities for thankfulness. On
November 6, at St. Timothy, there is the auction to benefit the children’s
work in Honduras. November 20, St. Mark is having their Harvest Dinner
immediately following worship. Also on Sunday, November 20, the Mayville
Ministerium is hosting an ecumenical community Thanksgiving service at
7:00 pm at the Mayille United Methodist Church.
“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that
has been given you in Christ Jesus” (1 Cor. 1:4). I am very grateful to each
of you for who you are and what you do. Thank you all for your concern
regarding my back. I continue to be in limbo and hope that I will hear from
the insurance company soon. You have enabled me to speak honestly with
you about how I feel on any given day. You have encouraged and prayed for
The last thing I’d like to share with you is the Apostle Paul’s prayer and
challenge to the church in Corinth. We are not given good things to keep for
ourselves, but are called to share them. That includes the joy of the good
news of salvation. Paul wrote, “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always
leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the
fragrance that comes from knowing him” (2 Cor. 2:14). Amen.
In great thanks,