We give thanks for: Those who worship with us on Sunday morning Those who volunteer at the food pantry Those who work to keep things running at St. Stephen's: Kanchalee, Oksana, Bonnie, Armand, Tony, Pastor Jason Those who volunteer and support activities such as Art Loop, Peace Week, Empty Bowl Dinner, Hilltop backpacks/Thanksgiving boxes/Christmas presents, concert series Those who volunteer for worship: altar guild, service assistants, choir Those who volunteer to lead St.
I pulled up to church one Sunday morning when the bells at Westminster Presbyterian started to play "Holy, Holy, Holy." It's one of those hymns I know, so I was singing along: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee. Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty! God in three persons, blessed Trinity. Except, that in place of the last line, I sang my favorite words from the hymn: Which wert and art, and evermore shall be. Those words roll
2 Corinthians 4:15: “Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.” The theme for this year’s Commitment Sunday is “give thanks.” As we approach Thanksgiving it is fitting to talk about what it is we give thanks for. We give thanks for family and community. We give thanks for the church. We give thanks for one another. Our Commitment Sunday, November 24, will be a celebration of Thanksgi
Times They Are A-Changin’
I can’t say that I have an all-time favorite hymn, but there are several that I’m always glad to sing. There are the standards: "Built on Rock," "A Mighty Fortress," "The Church’s One Foundation." Those are hymns that have been around for generations, not only in the Lutheran church but in other Christian hymnbooks. "The Church’s One Foundation" has appeared in 756 hymnals in its history, including from France, Australia, China, and Korea. But, most of the hymns I’m enjoying