St. George’s will celebrate Thanksgiving with a service of Holy Eucharist and music at 10:00 am on Thursday, November 28th. We hope that you will be able to join us.
Thanksgiving is a remarkable holiday; it is a whole day set aside to count our many blessings. Bishop Beisner says, in his message to the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, “Our national day of Thanksgiving is perhaps the only remaining civic holiday with an overtly religious purpose: the entire nation is meant to pause and thank God for the blessings bestowed upon it.” A whole country counting its blessings – amazing.
As you and yours prepare for your day of thanksgiving, here are some reflections you may wish to include in your preparations:
Dear Friends in Christ:
As the Church year draws to a close, and the holy Season of Advent begins, we in the U.S. come again to a peculiar day. Our national day of Thanksgiving is perhaps the only remaining civic holiday with an overtly religious purpose: the entire nation is meant to pause and thank God for the blessings bestowed upon it.
A Family Thanksgiving
The bread and wine that we share when we gather for the liturgy do not make for much of a meal. It is the prayers we offer, and the memory of Him who established this custom, and of those who have observed it down through the years and passed it down to us; it is the architecture of our worship spaces, the carved tables, the white linens and the silver vessels; and most especially, it is the community of our brothers and sisters in Christ, the faith and the hope and the love that we share, that make for a holy feast.
A Prayer for Thanksgiving Day
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 (BCP p.246)