Has anyone else thought this week, "oh dear! Is Thanksgiving actually next week?" I have had that thought at least half a dozen times. I hope everyone is feeling prepared for the coming holiday and has plans for a happy and joy-filled holiday.
From now till Christmas will be jam-packed with a lot of events, so make sure you mark your calendar and plan on having some great fellowship and fulfilling worship of our living Lord.
We will be rededicating our parish hall in memory and honor of two of our founding members, Joe Jackson and Fr. Jack May. Fr. Crites will be giving a short presentation on the history of the church, there will a blessing of the parish hall, and reception. Please do try to attend for this joyous occasion.
Tomorrow, November 17
The ladies guild is meeting tomorrow at 11 am at the church to make plans for some of the upcoming events and work on some small projects.
Also, please make sure you let Holly Lizak know if you wish to participate in the Cookie Exchange this year. The exchange itself will take place on December 1st.
Start your Thanksgiving off right with a time of gratitude to the Lord. We will have Holy Communion at 10 am. The service will be a simple service, with a short homily and we should be done before 11.
My institution as rector is scheduled for December 9th at 10 am. You won't want to miss this day. Not only will Bishop Giffin be here, but Canon Hawkins from Portland, OR and Fr. Sarid from Albuquerque will be here as well. It should be a lovely day. A reception will follow.
Some more thoughts on prayer
I was thinking this week about prayers during difficult times, and how it can be hard to find the words when things seem bleak. One of the blessings of being a liturgical church is having written prayers that we can use to help us find the words when we can't otherwise. There are three sections in our Book of Common Prayer that I would like to point out to you and encourage you to use.
We are all familiar with the Psalms from our use of them during Morning Prayer, these are ancient hymns and prayers used by the Hebrew people during their worship. However, you may not know where to find ones that will give you a voice, when you can't find the right words. In the very front of your prayer book, there is a section marked by Roman Numerals. On Page ix you will find a list of Psalms. Some remind us of theological truths, but others help us give thanks, ask for Divine Guidance, or find help in time of trouble. The Psalms can be of great comfort in dark times and remind us that God wants to hear our prayers regardless of where we are.
Prayers and Thanksgivings
Pages 35-53 contain several prayers, these can be used in worship, but are also there for your use. They cover a wide variety of subjects.
Found on pages 587-600 this section is designed for use in the home. Like the prayers earlier in the prayer book these prayers cover a wide variety of issues you may face in your daily life.
Additionally, there are two daily devotional sections. The first is a little longer and more involved, the second shorter. I would commend these to anyone who doesn't have a habit of home devotions. They are an excellent place to start a good and healthy habit of prayer at home.
I hope this little ditty about prayer was helpful. Please don't forget the dedication on Sunday, and as always, I am looking forward to seeing you all.
Fr. Ian Emile Dunn
All Saints Anglican Church