Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 2.51.46 PMGiving Thanks.

Tomorrow is the national day of Thanksgiving in this country. Thousands of turkeys will be roasted, fried, broiled or spared. Thousands of pounds of food will be prepared and shared as families, friends and acquaintances gather for the feast.

Gatherings of this sort can be challenging affairs at best: this year’s political climate means that there may well be extra challenges and strains on any hope for familial bliss or even civility. My prayer for all of us is that we can find some way to set aside hostility or hurt, and find the presence of God’s love, Grace and generosity in each person we see, or in the memories that may come to mind. May we all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

We will gather at St Thomas Church on Thanksgiving Day at 10:00am to give thanks to God, sing the hymns and share the bread and wine at God’s table. Come and join us in prayer, song and Thanksgiving if you are able, or pray wherever you are. Elsewhere in this “Good News” you will find links to all sorts of resources for Thanksgiving and for the season of Advent, which begins this coming Sunday. Rejoice, and be filled!

Let us pray:

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect for Thanksgiving Day

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect for the First Sunday of Advent

Peace and blessing,

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