Thanksgiving at FUMC

     This Sunday has a lot going on! It’s the Sunday before Thanksgiving, of course, and we are
all aware of that. We truly have much for which to be thankful!
On the church’s liturgical calendar, this Sunday is Christ the King Sunday, or, as some now
prefer, Reign of Christ. It’s the last Sunday of the Christian year. The Gospel reading for this
Sunday is about those who minister to the needs of “the least,” and, thereby, minister to Christ
himself. It’s probably one of the best known passages in the Bible. We’ll spend some time trying
to listen for what it has to say to us. And what more do we have for which to be thankful than
Christ and the victory he has won and the life he makes possible!
     As the season of Advent begins next Sunday, the 27th, we begin this Sunday (the 20th) in
all our Sunday School classes the Advent study by Adam Hamilton entitled “The Journey.”
Sunday School classes will study Mary this week…and the sermon the following week will focus
in on Mary and her response to God. If you’re not in a Sunday School class, you can go to the
Christian Growth Center at 10:00 and watch the video component, and then join one of the
four classes that will watch then go to their own classrooms. It will be a great experience for
all of us to study, pray, and then worship together around a common theme. I’m excited about
this unique opportunity.
     Sunday evening at 7:00 we will join once again with the other downtown churches for an
ecumenical service of Thanksgiving. This year I will be the preacher…but don’t let that scare you
away!
     I wish for you all many blessings over these coming weeks…time for family, time for friends,
time to be truly thankful, time to pause and consider what is really important…and what we
might need to change or discard that actually gets in between us and the God who loves us.
See You Sunday at the Thanksgiving Place!

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