Our theme for this month is thanksgiving. I hope we all realize that we have much to be thankful for. I am thankful for our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Through faith, we have this wonderful opportunity to know God personally and intimately. Our faith journey is unique because we walk with Christ and we walk with others who travel the same road toward sainthood. I am thankful for all the saints who demonstrated to us a life of faithful and loving service and am thankful for our tradition of recognizing those saints.
On November 3rd, we will celebrate All Saint’s Day. As it states in the United Methodist Book of Worship, “All Saints (November 1st or the first Sunday in November) is a day of remembrance for the saints, with The New Testament meaning of all Christian people of every time and place. We celebrate the communion of saints as we remember the dead, both of the Church universal and of our local congregations.” The names of members, who passed in the last twelve months, will be read and we will say the names of our loved ones in our candle lighting ceremony. Remembering the saints is very important in our faith life.
As I reflect on my life, I am thankful to serve at Forestville Methodist Church. I am thankful that we gather together as a spiritual family to worship, fellowship, and serve together. I am especially thankful to everyone who dined and fellowshipped with our neighbors, the Church of Christ on October 20th. It was a glorious sight to see the two churches together. I know God loves for all His children to unite in love and grace as much as possible.
I am thankful for everyone who answers the call to serve with a loving and caring heart. We have wonderful leaders and our committees function well. We have an awesome volunteer group for our Food and Clothes Closet and our ESL ministries. We have blessed members who work hard to care for our church properties. We have gracious members who care and support each other when needed. I am thankful for the ministry work performed by everyone. Forestville church family, you are very, very special and I thank God for each and every one of you!
In closing, the Bible teaches us, “In all things give thanks because this is the will of God.” As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let us remember to thank the LORD for being our God and for all of our relationships.
In Jesus’ name,