(By Rev. Tim Schwartz) — As we enter this season of thanksgiving, let us praise God for guiding our way and lighting our path during this past year. Let us thank Jesus for all of the many blessings that we have in our lives: family, friends, church, food, clothing, shelter, work, God’s word, forgiveness, freedom, hope, grace and love. Let us petition the Holy Spirit to inspire us to turn our thanks into giving by showing love, sharing gifts to help others and shining the light of Jesus on their lives!
Let us close with one specific prayer of thanks for our new Executive Minister, Dr. Gregg Hemmen, and his wife, Dr. Diane Hemmen, and their children, Ainslee and Eli. We give thanks for the new chapter of ministry in the ABCCR that we will partner in together.
As the Psalmist says: “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High.” Psalm 92:1 (NRSV)
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High.”