is upon us. We set our clocks back an hour, we can turn off the air conditioning, brisk air brings renewed energy and we prepare
for the coming of the seasons. More importantly, November brings us an opportunity to play out Thanksgiving for the month.
What do I mean? Well, it seems to me we can take this opportunity to list all the things we are thankful for. It is also a
time to remember our dearly departed and give thanks for their lives and influence.
Some of my fondest memories as a child centered around Thanksgiving Day, sitting on the cold sidewalk watching the Macy's
parade in Detroit, snow (on occasion), football games, family gathered for a feast of turkey and trimmings and a general feeling
that all was well in the world.
It would be wonderful if we would
all slow down for a bit and look around us at the splendor of God's creation. Maybe even bring an end to any disputes we have
with one another and form a unity that will strengthen our love for each other and build the Church.
Thanksgiving Day is also a time to remember those in need. Years ago my father and members of
Holy Spirit in Apopka opened the door of their church and prepared and served a Thanksgiving meal to the needy. The parish
hall would be filled with happy people sharing a meal and God's love.
will be a Eucharist on Thanksgiving Day at 10:00 a.m. Please consider joining us for that service which will include a baptism.
From our prayer book:
A collect for Thanksgiving Day: “Almighty and gracious Father, we give thee thanks for the
fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we beseech thee, faithful stewards
of thy great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of thy Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.”