Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Dear Friends,
Alleluia, Christ is Risen!!  The Lord is Risen indeed, Alleluia!!
A Joyous and Happy Easter blessing to all of our friends and members.  As we celebrate the gift of Christ’s Resurrection and ponder its meaning, let us give thanks to God for the gift of life given to us through Christ and in Christ.

Have you ever thought about for what are you grateful, and to whom??  These are just two of the questions we have explored during our Lenten Season of Gratitude at St. David’s.  So often “thanks” are given in a generic, secular way…without connection to God as the giver of all things, great and small.  During Lent we have tried to make this connection stronger, thanks to our St. Paul Team and their work.  Deacon Hank has been making the fact that we give thanks to God plain to our youngest members in the weekly Children’s Talks on Sunday mornings.  Evan Heirholzer has been exploring the scriptural foundations of gratitude in the Sunday Adult Forums.  Evan and I led a discussion on “Gratitude Works”, a book by a secular author that most often speaks of gratitude in a religious context.  Abbi Clissold has been hosting a Facebook Gratitude party where folks have shared their thoughts and photos of people and things they are grateful for.  Carol Rodgers has scattered photos around the church depicting the weekly themes of Faith, Nature, Friends and Family, Important people and things that give us joy.  It has been a joy for me to see the photos on Facebook and at church and also hear stories of what our people are grateful for.

Easter Season is a wonderful culmination of this Season of Gratitude.  At Easter, we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, God’s greatest gift to the world and humankind.  No longer are we to fear death, no longer does death have the final word.  Jesus has taken its power away and we are freed. Through his saving grace, we are set free to live lives of   gratitude and love, returning over and over again to his grace.  This is the ultimate gift and for it we give thanks to God.

Our Eucharist (thanksgiving) Service is entitled “The Great Thanksgiving” and during its celebration, we give thanks to God for the life of Jesus, for his death and resurrection and for God’s mercy and grace.  We can never say thank you enough, but each week, in our liturgy (the work of the people), we remember God’s gift and Jesus’ saving act.  And we gather at the Table to receive Christ back into our bodies and our hearts and to be reminded of his gift to us.  The Body of Christ, The Bread of Heaven.

I for one have been grateful to have had an opportunity to be reminded of all these things;  Of the need to give thanks to God each day;  Of my daily dependence on the work and mercy of others;  Of the blessing of being alive and able to enjoy the beauty of the earth.  For all of these things I give thanks to God and especially for the gift of my vocation and the ministry we share here at St. David’s.

“The greatest thing is to give thanks for everything.  He who has learned this knows what it means to Live.  He has penetrated the whole mystery of life:  giving thanks for everything.”  Albert Schweitzer

Easter blessings, Karin+
Dear Friends,
Alleluia, Christ is Risen!!  The Lord is Risen indeed, Alleluia!!
A Joyous and Happy Easter blessing to all of our friends and members.  As we celebrate the gift of Christ’s Resurrection and ponder its meaning, let us give thanks to God for the gift of life given to us through Christ and in Christ.

Have you ever thought about for what are you grateful, and to whom??  These are just two of the questions we have explored during our Lenten Season of Gratitude at St. David’s.  So often “thanks” are given in a generic, secular way…without connection to God as the giver of all things, great and small.  During Lent we have tried to make this connection stronger, thanks to our St. Paul Team and their work.  Deacon Hank has been making the fact that we give thanks to God plain to our youngest members in the weekly Children’s Talks on Sunday mornings.  Evan Heirholzer has been exploring the scriptural foundations of gratitude in the Sunday Adult Forums.  Evan and I led a discussion on “Gratitude Works”, a book by a secular author that most often speaks of gratitude in a religious context.  Abbi Clissold has been hosting a Facebook Gratitude party where folks have shared their thoughts and photos of people and things they are grateful for.  Carol Rodgers has scattered photos around the church depicting the weekly themes of Faith, Nature, Friends and Family, Important people and things that give us joy.  It has been a joy for me to see the photos on Facebook and at church and also hear stories of what our people are grateful for.

Easter Season is a wonderful culmination of this Season of Gratitude.  At Easter, we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, God’s greatest gift to the world and humankind.  No longer are we to fear death, no longer does death have the final word.  Jesus has taken its power away and we are freed. Through his saving grace, we are set free to live lives of   gratitude and love, returning over and over again to his grace.  This is the ultimate gift and for it we give thanks to God.

Our Eucharist (thanksgiving) Service is entitled “The Great Thanksgiving” and during its celebration, we give thanks to God for the life of Jesus, for his death and resurrection and for God’s mercy and grace.  We can never say thank you enough, but each week, in our liturgy (the work of the people), we remember God’s gift and Jesus’ saving act.  And we gather at the Table to receive Christ back into our bodies and our hearts and to be reminded of his gift to us.  The Body of Christ, The Bread of Heaven.

I for one have been grateful to have had an opportunity to be reminded of all these things;  Of the need to give thanks to God each day;  Of my daily dependence on the work and mercy of others;  Of the blessing of being alive and able to enjoy the beauty of the earth.  For all of these things I give thanks to God and especially for the gift of my vocation and the ministry we share here at St. David’s.

“The greatest thing is to give thanks for everything.  He who has learned this knows what it means to Live.  He has penetrated the whole mystery of life:  giving thanks for everything.”  Albert Schweitzer

Easter blessings, Karin+