Thanksgiving will be different this year. It will be our Thanksgiving in the Great Timeout, and, well, at least for me, that is a hard thing to be thankful for. At the very least, this plague is what is keeping so many of us apart on what is normally a holiday of friends and family and gathering. Not this year. And still there is God. And still there is food. And still there are memories of better days, and hope for better days to come. There is still much for which to be thankful, chief amongst them, I pray, is our life within the immersion and immensity of God… thought through and practiced and celebrated at Epiphany Parish.
And so, I invite you to join me on Thanksgiving for church and fellowship. On Thursday, November 26 there will be an in-person service at 9:00 am, and then an online service at 9:30 am. After the 9:30 am service (around 10:30 am) we will come together on a Zoom call to say hello and then break into little groups to get better acquainted with each other. If you think you’d like to be part of this Zoom fellowship, please send Diane Carlisle an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you the link. The Zoom gathering will last no more than an hour. In the breakout groups, we’ll invite you to share your reflections on questions such as:
What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?
What are some Thanksgiving traditions you have celebrated in the past?
Do you have a Thanksgiving prayer?
What are missing most this Thanksgiving?
What Thanksgiving blessing do you have for your parish?
I do hope to see you on Thanksgiving. It will be a memorable day to be sure. Be at peace, and may the blessings God has so lavishly bestowed upon you sit wonderfully at the center of your heart.
Peace upon your soul.