By: Dr. Michael Gardner
“In all circumstances give thanks: for this is the will
of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (I Thessalonians 5:18)
Last Sunday’s Thanksgiving Worship was glorious! Our Services reminded us that we are blessed beyond all measure by God. We can always give thanks in all circumstances, though there are times that we are not grateful for all circumstances. We are blessed!
The music was uplifting and amazing! Old Mission has a very talented music staff and wonderful volunteer musicians. Sunday’s String Quintet was an added blessing. I hope you will join with me in thanking our staff, Chancel Choir, Spirit Bells, Worship Band, Youth Band and all our Instrumentalists and singers.
It was a good spiritual foundation for a happy Thanksgiving Day for all of us! Every part of worship reminded us that God has filled our lives to overflowing. I loved the children’s prayers, and their bringing “change to promote change,” and the conclusion of the service in which we offered our thanksgivings to God.
There were a lot of happy people, smiles, hugs and overflowing joy in our faith and the celebration of God’s blessings. And the “Donut Wall” – thanks to Karen Nyhart, Kari Napier and the craftsman, Bill Eisele, we had to make a run for extras! At Old Mission, we have so many reminders of the goodness and blessings of God.
This coming Sunday on Christ the King Sunday, we will return to our usual schedule with services at 8:30, 9:45 or 11:00 am. We’ll also begin the new holiday sermon series, “The Way to Joy.” And in this busy holiday season, who doesn’t need more of that? Everyone wants to find a little joy in the Advent and Christmas Season. But so much of the season is busy beyond belief. All the way from Thanksgiving to Christmas, we are frantically preparing, and trying to do it all. And once Christmas Eve arrives, we are sometimes too exhausted to really enjoy the holidays. We long for a simpler time when going home for the holidays brought us childlike joy. What if we could come home to the heart of Christmas this year? Join us for this Sunday for my first message, “Looking Backward,” as we examine the promise of God that joy is the heart of his desire for us, and has always been. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
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