Tomorrow, as you gather around tables to share a meal with family and friends, know that I’ll be sharing how grateful I am to serve a congregation that loves our neighbors and treats them so well. You’ve already hosted Thanksgiving staff appreciation lunches for the teachers and administrators at both Ridgeview and Fairview Elementary schools. We have a record of 66 adopted families for Christmas, and you’ve provided 202 families with Thanksgiving meal bags and gift cards! And many of you will be serving a Thanksgiving meal to the kids and staff at KidsTLC in Olathe tomorrow.
We have more Joy in Serving opportunities to come as we approach Christmas, so jump on board the many ways you can serve by checking out the Joy In Serving table in the Narthex. Thanks to the many volunteers who are putting together all these ways to love our neighbor. Go Joy Team!
Below are some of my favorite scriptures to read and reflect on at Thanksgiving. You might consider reading them at your table this year.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. (1 Chronicles 16:34, NIV)
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm 100:1-5)
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17 NIV)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
This Sunday in worship we begin the Christmas season with Pastor Adam kicking off a new series entitled The King is Born. We will sing Christmas praise, light the Advent candle, share Holy Communion, and continue our Joy in Serving opportunities in the narthex! Worship brings us together, fills us in love, encourages us to be salt and light, and most importantly shows gratitude toward God. Make plans now to be in worship every Sunday this Advent as we approach Candlelight Christmas Eve.
Finally, I’ll be spending Thanksgiving tomorrow with my family along with my parents, who are in town to celebrate with us from Florida. They will be taking care of our girls as Scharme and I fly out Friday to embark on a cruise to Mexico. We will be celebrating 18 years of marriage and I am so thankful for her support and love. She is a true partner in mission and ministry. Scharme has made me a better father and a better pastor. She is right beside me as a servant-leader here at Resurrection West.
We find quality time together important as we love to camp and travel, however this will be our first cruise ever. If we discover warmer weather, we promise not to mention it on our return.
May everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving and kick-off of the Christmas season!
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