The last month of the Bicentennial Devotions is right around the corner. So there is still time to submit a devotion (we have a Christmas one that we have been saving). This effort may have been a bigger undertaking than expected, but as of this writing there have been 180 individual devotions submitted (if you do the math, you realize that we have had to repeat some). That is still pretty amazing.
They can be read on the website, emailed to you or copies of each month have been made available in the narthex. It has been inspirational; it has been inviting and an opportunity to know some of us a little better.
Many thanks go to all who have submitted devotions. Appreciation goes to Wayne Schuliger for proofing the devotions, Kathy Smith for organizing them and Chris Cratsley for the webpage options and emailing them. And finally much gratitude goes to the supportive remarks and appreciation for this tribute to 200 years of Sharon Church.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. – Colossians 3: 17
There is a story about a banquet, to which all the Virtues were invited. But once seated, Generosity and Gratitude had to be introduced to each other, because they had never met.
It’s a cute little quip about the nature of humankind, yet it opens wide avenues for reflection. How often is gratitude implied, but never expressed? Or how often is it a thought at all? Perhaps we are in the habit of saying “thank you” when we receive a wrapped present, but are we in the habit of saying “thank you” for the less exciting gifts of rest? Warmth? Companionship?
What about when we lose something we never paid much attention to before? Perhaps some of us have lost sight, hearing, family members, mobility, memory, or income. Can we find the spiritual strength to go beyond bitterness, and instead live in gratitude for what joy those things once brought us, and learn to pay attention to the blessings yet available?
Gratitude is a discipline. We pray that we can all find the humility it takes to be grateful for the little as well as the great, for the mundane as well as the exciting. And as some of us come together for Thanksgiving dinner, we pray that this symbolic feast will remind us of the great banquet God throws for us every day, and for all eternity. Now that generosity deserves our gratitude.
We would like to thank everyone who took time to fill out the brief Music Ministry survey last month. As servants of the Living God, Mark and Treva seek to praise Him to the best of our abilities, and to help others commune with Him in the most effective ways. Your answers gave us great insight into the musical needs of this congregation, and we are grateful for that information! In the coming months, we will try to incorporate what you asked for as a community, to the Glory of God.
Mark and Treva
The Young Adult group continues to meet in Room 100 after the 10 AM service. We are currently using a study series by Rob Bell entitled NOOMA. The series consists of short 10 minute videos with related discussion questions. The short format allows adequate time for talking, snacking and discussion. Come join us, or just pop in for as long as you wish!
Advent is coming soon! Before you know it we will be decking the halls once more and I will be calling families to recruit for the Lighting of the Advent Candle. How time does fly! This year Advent start on Sunday, December 3rd.
December 17th 10:00AM is the Christmas Cantata.
December 24th 7:00PM Candlelight Service.
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