Building a Movement: Explorations in the World of Paul the Apostle
Thanksgiving and Commitment
Sunday, November 18 – 10:00am
Two celebrations come together on Sunday. The first celebration is a powerful thanksgiving for the generous, faithful commitment of the
St. Mark’s community, building together a community where commitment to creative ministry is at the core of the community. We give thanks together for God’s Spirit at work in the hearts and lives of this community. Commitment cards have been filled out and brought as an offering for the year ahead. Thanks be to God!
Sunday is also Thanksgiving Sunday. As Christians celebrate the secular Thanksgiving holiday, there is a powerful reminder of the multiple ways in which God provides for the human family. Thanks be to God for all of God’s gifts!
Psalm 100 The Message
On your feet now-applaud God!
Bring a gift of laughter,
sing yourselves into God’s presence.
Know this: God is God, and God,
God made us; we didn’t make God.
We’re God’s people, God’s well-tended sheep.
Enter with the password: “Thank you!”
Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
Thank God. Worship God.
For God is sheer beauty,
all-generous in love,
loyal always and ever.
2 Corinthians 9:10-15 The Message
God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it,
God throws caution to the winds,
giving to the needy in reckless abandon.
God’s right-living, right-giving ways
never run out, never wear out.
This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you.God gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.
Carrying out this social relief work involves far more than helping meet the bare needs of poor Christians. It also produces abundant and bountiful thanksgivings to God. This relief offering is a prod to live at your very best, showing your gratitude to God by being openly obedient to the plain meaning of the Message of Christ. You show your gratitude through your generous offerings to your needy brothers and sisters, and really toward everyone. Meanwhile, moved by the extravagance of God in your lives, they’ll respond by praying for you in passionate intercession for whatever you need. Thank God for this gift, Gods gift. No language can praise it enough!
What are your particular or special thanksgivings for Thanksgiving 2018? Who are the people who are gifts of God in your life. How are you a gift of God to this community?
Prayers please for:
Paul and Peggy Blankenship