Share Your Gratitude
Posted: November 02, 2016
By Pastor Maggie Novak
What gives you feelings of joy or thankfulness? What makes you smile from the inside out? What stops you in your tracks to take notice of the wonderful world in which we live? Truly, there are times and things in life that wake us up to gratefulness.
The theme of this year’s Thanksgiving Eve Worship is Gratitude. We will gather the night before Thanksgiving to pause from the busy-ness of preparing meals, cleaning, or preparing for travel. Together, we will hear God’s word, praise God with music from the Senior Choir and Brass Ensemble, give gifts of canned goods to the food shelf, and offer our prayers of thanksgiving to God. I will be bringing the message during this service of gratitude, and I need your help.
I have noticed more and more how people take pictures with their phones. Have you? One day I saw someone take a picture of their breakfast. Someone else was stopped by the side of the road snapping pictures of a tree aflame with beautiful autumn colors. There was a woman taking pictures of a display at Target. At a high school football game, there were all sorts of photos being snapped Some were actually of the game, but most were friends taking pictures of each other in silly poses. What do all of these pictures have in common? People are not merely capturing random things in their life. These are the people, places, and times that are important to us, and that we want to share with others.
The photos that we take are a living document of what we are grateful for. During the sermon at Thanksgiving Worship, I want to share all of these things that wake us up to gratefulness in life. Will you help?
Scroll through your photo galleries or scrapbooks and e-mail us photos of what you are grateful for. It could be a family photo, a prized possession, a meal prepared by a loved one, vacation adventures, or a nature scene from your yard or neighborhood.
Send these pictures of gratitude to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 14. We can’t guarantee that all photos will be used during our time of worship but we will try. Thank you!