Happy Thanksgiving Church Family Near and Far!

 Happy Thanksgiving to you! Today, we had planned to gather for our 3rd annual community Thanksgiving Meal. It quickly became a tradition that we will plan to continue in 2021. It is hard to not gather together today. But your health and safety are really important too. For today, I wanted to share three different prayers with you for your Thanksgiving celebration. For many, I know Thanksgiving doesn’t look like it normally does. But we can still be thankful and grateful for the blessings in front of us, behind us, and beside us. You all are in my prayers this day and I am forever thankful for you all. 

Pastor Devon

A Liturgy for The Space Between Us by Sarah Bauer Anderson

For family near and peaceable, Lord we give thanks. 
For family far and conflicted, Lord, we give thanks. 
For the ones easy to love, Lord, we give thanks. 
For people who see as we see, Lord, we give thanks. 
For people we don’t understand, Lord, we give thanks. 
For people who don’t understand us, Lord, we give thanks. 
For easy conversation and expressed affection, Lord, we give thanks. 
For gentle discord within our discourse, Lord, we give thanks. 
For unity, not sameness, Lord, we give thanks. 
For charity in all things, Lord, we give thanks. 
For a world that reflects your goodness, Lord, we give thanks. 
For humankind that bears your image, Lord, we give thanks. 
For a day when we’ll delight in our differences and not just tolerate them, for gathering of every tribe and every tongue, for a table and a feast today, anticipating the one we’ll enjoy with you someday, Lord, we give thanks. Amen. 

A Thanksgiving Prayer

And Pastor Todd shared this with me this morning. And I found it appropriate to share with all of you. 
Thanksgiving PrayerOh, God, when I have food help me to remember the hungry; 
when I have work, help me to remember the jobless; 
when I have a warm home, help me to remember the homeless; 
when I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer; 
and remembering, help me to destroy my complacency, and bestir my compassion.
Make me concerned enough to help, by word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted. Amen.