Happy Thanksgiving

Before everyone departs for Thanksgiving, I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! As we gather around our tables, let us all remember that our meals reflect the thanksgiving of our faith. When we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we celebrate the Eucharist, which means thanksgiving. It is a term that our Eastern Orthodox use when they reference the Lord’s Supper or Communion.  In the Eucharist, they give thanks for the gift of God in our lives.

I am mindful that during Thanksgiving and other holidays there are a jumble of emotions, some good and some bad. While we gather together with family, we are also reminded of those who are no longer with us. Perhaps the past year between Thanksgivings have been joyful, perhaps it has been a challenge and painful. Yet even in our joys and sorrows, the gift of God in our lives remains. This is the essence of our Eucharist, and the essence of Christian thanksgiving.

While Thanksgiving is a national holiday, it is also an opportunity to gather around a table, like Christ did with his disciples, and give thanks for the gift of God in our lives.

 

 

Calendar and Birthdays

Events

Monday, November 20th:

7:30 pm Gladwyne Community Thanksgiving Service at St. John Vianny

Tuesday, November 21st:

10 am Bible Study: Gospel of Matthew

Sunday, November 26th:

11 am Worship: Pastor Margaret Somerville preaching
Scripture: Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24
Matthew 25: 31-46
Sermon:   The King Descendent

Tuesday November 28th:

10 am Bible Study: Gospel of Matthew

 

Birthdays

November 24th:

Olivia Barker

November 26th:

Laura Cozzens

Putting our faith into play

Sermon from Sunday, November 19, 2017

Putting our faith in play

Texts:

Zephaniah 1:7, 12–18 Beware, the day of the Lord is near; wealth will not save you.

Matthew 25:14–30 The parable of talents; good and trustworthy servants are rewarded.

Prayers for the Week of Nov. 20th

Prayers of joy for the continued recovery of Palmer, and prayers for Greg and the family as they care for her.

Prayers of healing for Al as he recovers from his surgery and prayers of comfort and support for Nancy

Prayers of celebration for Margaret as she has completed all the steps for ordination

Prayers of comfort and support to Jeannette.

Prayers of distress for the victims of the violence and famine in Yemen

Calendar and Birthdays

Events:

Tuesday, November 14th:

10 am Bible Study: Gospel of Matthew

Thursday, November 16th:

7 pm Knit or Knot

7:30 pm Men’s Group

Sunday, November 19th: Stewardship Sunday

9:45 am Christian Education

Sermon: Putting our faith into play

Texts:

Zephaniah 1:7, 12–18 Beware, the day of the Lord is near; wealth will not save you.

Matthew 25:14–30 The parable of talents; good and trustworthy servants are rewarded.

11 am Worship: Stewardship Sunday

Monday, November 20th:

7:30 pm Gladwyne Community Thanksgiving Service at St. John Vianny

Tuesday, November 21st:

10 am Bible Study: Gospel of Matthew

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, December 3rd: Greening of Sanctuary after Worship

Thursday, December 7th: Alternative Gift Market at Ten Thousand Villages 4-8 pm

Saturday, December 9th: Advent Retreat 9 am to Noon.

Birthdays:

November 18th:

Natalie and Stephanie Pratt

November 19th:

Sue Althouse

November 24th:

Olivia Barker

Laura Cozzens

 

 

Prayers for the Week of November 13th

Prayers of comfort and strength as Al undergoes heart surgery

Prayers of recovery and health for Palmer following her surgery

Prayers of support for George, whose brother is suffering from addiction

Prayers of encouragement and support for Margaret as she prepares for her examination by the Presbytery

Prayers for sanity in Washington, DC

Prayers for the victims of gun violence

Prayers of support for the continued work of Broad Street Ministry

Prayers of comfort to Angela at the death of her son, Kenmore

 

A Life of Decisions

Sermon from Sunday, November 12, 2017

Title: Life of Decisions

Texts:

Joshua 24:1–3a, 14–25 Choose this day whom you will serve; we will serve the Lord.

Matthew 25:1–13 The parable of ten bridesmaids; keep awake, the Lord is coming.

 

Calendar of Events and Birthdays

Events:

Tuesday, November 7th:

10 am Bible Study: Gospel of Matthew

7:30 pm Session Meeting

Thursday, November 9th:

7 pm Women’s Book Club

Sunday, November 12th:

9:45 am Christian Education

11 am Worship: Pastor Todd Stavrakos preaching

Sermon Title: A life of decisions

Texts:

Joshua 24:1–3a, 14–25 Choose this day whom you will serve; we will serve the Lord.

Matthew 25:1–13 The parable of ten bridesmaids; keep awake, the Lord is coming.

3 pm Contemplative Prayer Practices Workshop

Tuesday, November 14th:

10 am Bible Study: Gospel of Matthew

 

Birthdays

November 5th:

Alexandra Crawford

November 8th:

Bill McGowan

Prayers for the Week of November 6

Prayers of support for Jeannette as she continues to more the passing of Tom.

Prayers for the family of Christopher Allen as they continue to grieve over his death.

Prayers of healing for Aunt Joan who is recovering after an accident.

Prayers of comfort and support for Adan Mareina and the WKM community.