Give Thanks to the One who Gives Us Everything!

The cornucopia -- a symbol of Thanksgiving -- signifies overflowing blessings and abundance. Give thanks with us at PEACE!

The cornucopia — a symbol of Thanksgiving — signifies overflowing blessings and abundance. Give thanks with us at PEACE!

Thanksgiving: We believe all that we have comes from God. Our loving Creator provides us with all that we need! All God asks of us is to give thanks. God asks that we put God at the center our lives — and all goodness flows to us from there!

When we give thanks, we feel great! It’s amazing! And if you think you don’t have much to give thanks for start with these: Life. Breath. A heart that years for connection to God and to God’s creation.

Today’s worship service will include beautiful music, song, prayers and a blessing. You will feel the assurance of God’s love in your life, now and always!

Donate to Interfaith Food Ministry!

We will be collecting food to donate to families that face food insecurity. What a gift that we can share God’s love on our national day of thanks! If you would like to contribute, please bring canned cranberries, canned yams, canned green beans, canned pineapple, mustard and canned soup.

Financial donations and all other non-perishable food donations also are welcome! All contributions will be taken to Interfaith Food Ministry, our local, faith-based food pantry. IFM is providing fixings for Thanksgiving meals for hundreds of local families. Recipients include children, the working poor, elderly, disabled, veterans and homeless brothers and sisters. Please make out checks to Interfaith Food Ministry; donations are tax-deductible.

‘Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!’

Again and again, we read in the Bible that God’s people gave thanks — for all kinds of things! God calls us to show gratitude, not because God needs it, but because it reminds us where all our blessings come from.

Still grumpy? Here’s something to think about:

“I believe that God created me and all that exists, and that he gave me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my mind and all my abilities. And I believe that God still preserves me by richly and daily providing clothing and shoes, food and drink, property and home, spouse and children, land, cattle and all I own, and all I need to keep my body and life. God also preserves me by defending me against all danger, guarding and protecting me from all evil. All this God does only because he is my good and merciful Father in heaven, and not because I have earned or deserved it. For all this I ought to thank and praise, to serve and obey him.”
Martin Luther wrote those words to explain the first part of the Apostles’ Creed, which is a statement of faith that goes back to the early Church.
So even though Thanksgiving is a celebration started by our Pilgrim forebears, we can trace the act of “give thanks” way farther back. It goes to the heart of our faith in a loving, embracing God!

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