Friday, December 14 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 15 at 2:30 PM
Sunday, December 16 at 6:00 PM
Thursday, December 20 at 7:30 PM
Friday, December 21 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 22 at 2:30 PM
Sunday, December 23 at 6:00 PM
Monday, December 24 - Christmas Eve at 9:00 PM
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THANKFUL - GRATEFUL - BLESSED
Join us as we celebrate and prepare our hearts during this beautiful Thanksgiving season. Each day we will be sharing artistic expression through Art, Music, Photography, Poetry, Prose and Scripture to focus your mind and thoughts on the blessings God has given us and our response of thanks and praise.
MUSIC: A Gaelic Blessing by John Rutter, Catrin Finch, Sinfonia Cymru
AN IRISH BLESSING
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be at your back.
May the sun shine warm on your face
And rains fall soft on your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
May your days be many and your troubles be few,
May all God’s blessings descend upon you,
May peace be within you, may your heart be strong,
May you find what you’re seeking wherever you roam.
May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been
the foresight to know where you’re going
and the insight to know when you’re going too far.
F.E. Marsh once listed some of God’s blessings for his children:
An acceptance that can never be questioned – Ephesians 1:6
An inheritance that can never be lost – 1Peter 1:3-5
A deliverance that can never be excelled – 2 Corinthians 1:10
A grace that can never be limited – 2 Corinthians 12:9
A hope that can never be disappointed – Hebrews 6:18,19
A bounty that can never be withdrawn – 1 Colossians 3:21-23
A joy that need never be diminished – John 15:11
A nearness to God that can never be reversed – Ephesians 2:13
A peace that can never be disturbed – John 14:27
A righteousness that can never be tarnished – 2 Corinthians 5:21
A salvation that can never be canceled – Hebrews 5:9
“However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always succeed all our wishes and our thoughts.” – John Calvin
THANKSGIVING by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
We walk on starry fields of white
And do not see the daisies;
For blessings common in our sight
We rarely offer praises.
We sigh for some supreme delight
To crown our lives with splendor,
And quite ignore our daily store
Of pleasures sweet and tender.
Our cares are bold and push their way
Upon our thought and feeling.
They hand about us all the day,
Our time from pleasure stealing.
So unobtrusive many a joy
We pass by and forget it,
But worry strives to own our lives,
And conquers if we let it.
There’s not a day in all the year
But holds some hidden pleasure,
And looking back, joys oft appear
To brim the past’s wide measure.
But blessings are like friends, I hold,
Who love and labor near us.
We ought to raise our notes of praise
While living hearts can hear us.
Full many a blessing wears the guise
Of worry or of trouble;
Far-seeing is the soul, and wise,
Who knows the mask is double.
But he who has the faith and strength
To thank his God for sorrow
Has found a joy without alloy
To gladden every morrow.
We ought to make the moments notes
Of happy, glad Thanksgiving;
The hours and days a silent phrase
Of music we are living.
And so the theme should swell and grow
As weeks and months pass o’er us,
And rise sublime at this good time,
A grand Thanksgiving chorus.
1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward