Dear Church,

In his letter to the church at Thessalonica, Paul tells the people to “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. In this season of life, I think it is particularly important that we hear Paul’s words and do our best to put them into practice. Throughout the rest of November, I am going to speak each Sunday on how we can live more thankfully as people who are created in the image of God. But I don’t want you to wait until Sunday to begin thinking about how to live with a thankful heart. Instead, I would love for you to go ahead and begin thinking about all you have to be thankful for in your life. Even in the midst of a pandemic, if we take even the briefest moment to consider our lives, we will discover just how much God has blessed each and every one of us.

Friends, family, and a thriving church community are just a few of the things that immediately come to my mind. For the grace of Jesus Christ, who loves us unconditionally, we give thanks to God. And on this Veterans Day, we give thanks for the men and women who have served our country in the military. To each person in our congregation who has served, or is currently serving, I want to say “Thank you”. The world is a better place because of your willingness to serve this country. We are grateful for each and every one of you!

I hope you will plan to be with us in worship this week, either at 9:00 or 11:00, online and in-person. I pray that this note finds each of you doing well.

Grace and Peace,