Thanksgiving Week 2022
Dear friends and members of St. Matthew's,
Before I begin, I want to acknowledge the sad moment we find ourselves in with two mass shootings this week. I want to share with you the wonderful message that our Bishops sent in response to the shooting in Colorado Springs targeting the LGBTQIA+ community. And encourage you to lift up all those in prayer who are hurting in the wake of another shooting last night in Virginia. Please read our Bishops' words. I pray they will be a balm for your soul this week, a comfort, and an encouragement to continue to be God's light in the world. Especially this week as we gather to give thanks, as we as Christians weave our faith into this tradition.
Thanksgiving isn't a religious holiday exactly - but it does show up in our church calendar with prayers and lessons. And perhaps more importantly, we use the word "thanksgiving" each week when we gather for the Eucharist - our great shared feast around the altar. A meal where everyone is welcome, where all of us come empty-handed, and find grace and love in equal measure. A foretaste of the kingdom of heaven, a glimpse at the peace God has always had in mind for us. And so, each time we celebrate this holy meal, we give God our thanks and praise.
Tomorrow, folks all over the country will gather around their kitchen and dining room tables to share a meal and to "give thanks" in a different way. However it is you plan to keep the holiday, I hope that it is warm and loving. And I pray that God will feel near to you as you give thanks for all the blessings of your life. One wonderful way to follow through on our giving thanks is to give back. And as you know, we are in a season that is ideal for that giving. There are many opportunities in our e-news this week for you to take advantage of, that give you the opportunity to share your time, talent, and treasure. Giving out of love and gratitude enriches our lives and helps us to be grateful for all that God has given us.
As our Bishops said in their statement, "As we move through these next few days: Let us be extraordinarily kind to those we meet." Know that as I gather with family, that I will count you and our life together at St. Matt's among my many blessings. And that you will be in my prayers. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday. God loves you. And so do I.
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