As a kid, I can remember the pressure of being the youngest grandchild at the big Thanksgiving table. It meant that at the appointed time, with everybody’s mouths watering, steam rising from a multitude of dishes, and my older cousins mumbling dibs on the drumsticks – all eyes would turn to me and I would have to pray. I knew it better be good.
Somehow no ordinary, or perfunctory grace would suffice.
People have been giving thanks to God for a long time. Accounts of the Pilgrim’s thanksgiving feast don’t even mention turkey – but they note that the deeply faithful Pilgrims looked to the Bible and offered up prayer. Maybe they looked at Leviticus 23, in which the Israelites celebrated their deliverance from the desert and their harvest with a great feast (Sukkot) and the sounding of trumpets. Perhaps they read Psalm 100:4, Psalm 105:1, or I Corinthians 15:57.
Scripture is filled with examples of giving thanks, perhaps most easily summed up in 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
If the eyes around the table turn toward you on Thanksgiving Day, don’t sweat it. Prayer is just talking with God, and it really doesn’t matter how you do it. Your prayer may be short and sweet, simple or eloquent; as long as it is sincere and from your heart. God hears and honors them all (I John 5:14).
This Thanksgiving season, one tangible way you can help to bless at-risk children in our community is by bringing some unwrapped toys, diapers and other supplies to church.
There are gift tags available in the lobby this weekend at church with specific recommendations. Simply bring your donations to worship this Sunday (or by Sunday, Dec. 3). We’ll then provide them to our community partners – who will serve many West Valley families this Christmas season!
2018 Mission & Ministry Fund
This week we’re asking everyone who worships at Summit (even for part of the year) to seek God’s guidance and make a 2018 commitment to our Mission & Ministry Fund. Cards may be mailed to the office, or brought to church and placed in the offering.
It’s an important year for our church–because God is opening new doors to impact our community and help more people meet Jesus. Your decision to grow in generosity will make a huge difference at this pivotal time.
It’s also a tangible way that God grows your faith. Jesus often taught his disciples to be intentional about how they approached money and generosity!
If you were with us last Sunday you received a sweet reminder about completing your Mission and Ministry Fund Commitment. Enjoy!
Thanks and blessings,