A Thanksgiving Prayer and Advent Preparation (Rector’s Letter 11/23)

A Thanksgiving Prayer and Advent Preparation (Rector’s Letter 11/23)

Dear Redeemer Family:

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, and this Sunday we begin the Season of Advent. I am thankful for you, for your partnership in the Lord’s work at Redeemer, and for your faithful and generous support. I look forward to our worship and reflection together during this four week penitential season leading to the Advent of the Messiah.

As this year has been a year like no other, so this Thanksgiving looks to be unlike any other. We continue to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic, with political divisions and an unfinished election process, and with uncertainty and anxiety regarding these and other issues in our lives. Because of my faith in Jesus, I am confident in his Lordship, confident in his understanding of every aspect of my life, and confident in the reality that he is on his throne and I can trust him. I pray you will also find comfort and peace through your own faith in the living Lord Jesus.
In this season of Thanksgiving, I know that I have a lot to be thankful for, including my Church family. I began this week with “A Thanksgiving Prayer” from page 681 of our Anglican Prayer Book, and I end my letter by sharing that prayer with you.

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love. We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side. We thank you for setting us at tasks that demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments that satisfy and delight us. We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone. Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he conquered death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom. Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know Christ and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

Thankful for you, for the Savior that we serve, and the Gospel that we proclaim,
Fr. Bill

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