“There is something within us, which Christians call the Holy Spirit, that makes us aware that we are here to co-create with God and make something beautiful of the world. It is all positive, an original blessing instead of an original sin.”
~ Richard Rohr
“The primary task of a Christian is not to believe theological premises…but to put on the mind of Christ so that we can become radiant with the light and love of God.”
~ Cynthia Bourgeault
“We are not human beings trying to have a spiritual experience; rather, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
~ Pierre Teihard de Chardin
“I’m going to try an’ get my soul free. We are stardust. We are golden. And we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.”
~ Joni Michell
Joyce Rhodes, organ
“Come, You Thankful People, Come”
– tune – “St. George’s Windsor” ~ James Pethel
Chorale Prelude on “Old Hundreth”
~ Johann Pachelbel, arr. Piet Post
Call to Worship
God of the open road,
God of the twisting path,
your people are gathered for worship!
Give us provisions for the journey,
courage and faith and compassion,
and endurance to face any hardship.
Open our eyes to see you walking beside us,
protecting us, encouraging us, loving us.
On this Thanksgiving Sunday, may we open our eyes
and hearts to see our many blessings,
And open our eyes and hearts to see those who are suffering.
May we be Christ to them today and every day.
“Now Thank We All Our God” ~ UMH #102 vss. 1, 2
Time for Children
“From Head Trip to Heart Warmed”
Ruby Shew, piano
~ Henry Smith, arr. Fred Bock
Sharing of Joys and Concerns
“Many Gifts, One Spirit” ~ UMH #114 vs. 1, 2
Go forth into a world divided. Yet know that God dwells even there, in all places, in this time. And also know that there is no real division for everything is in God and God is with all. We are one in God’s oneness. Be aware of that sacred presence. Let it strengthen you. Let it transform you.
Build shalom. Love with abandon. Abide in peace.
by Diana Butler Bass
Postlude“Now Thank We All Our God”
– tune – “Nun Danket” ~ arr. Sharon Elery Rogers
Pilgrim chorus from “Tannhauser”
~ Richard Wagner