Let us give thanks

This is the note which appeared in this week’s leaflet at Christ Church. We always have a blurb to welcome people and to provoke our thoughts & prayers.

As we look at the beauty of nature around us, we see the change of seasons at work. We savor brightly colored leaves as a feast for our eyes. Soon these orange, yellow, and red leaves will have fallen to the ground, as the trees make ready for winter. Some of us enjoy the promise of cooler weather, while others mourn the departure of summer with its warmth.

It’s not hard to see the hand of God at work in all this. The sheer beauty of our natural environment is often breathtaking, and creation itself seems to sing out in praise of God. As the psalmist wrote, “the heavens declare the glory of God.”

When we see brightly colored leaves of autumn, gentle flakes of snow, radiant green shoots of springtime, or the wildflowers of summer, most of us enjoy the rhythm of the changes. We know that the changes are to be enjoyed, because there is constancy in the overall shape of seasons. We trust that cooler weather will lead to warmer weather, which will bring us back to cooler weather again.

I wonder if it is possible to see the changes and chances of our whole world this way. What if we treasured the constancy of God amidst great changes? It’s easier to enjoy the cycles of nature, because we perceive nature to be a gift from God. Our anxiety with “worldly” things often stems from our sense that these things belong to us. If we can learn to understand that everything in our world is a gift from God, we might learn to be less anxious and more grateful.

Here at church, we are gathered for Holy Eucharist. “Eucharist” comes from an ancient Greek word meaning “thanksgiving.” As we join our prayers with angels and archangels this morning, we come to give thanks to God.

If you are new to Christ Church today, we’re grateful for your presence with us. Let us all give thanks to the Lord our God. We have much for which to be thankful.

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