The Villager Voice ~ from Alan

 

From George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation:

That we may all then unite in rendering to [God] our sincere and humble thanks... for the great degree of union, tranquility and plenty which we have since enjoyed - for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been able to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness... for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have for acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge, and in general for all the great and various favors which [God] has been pleased to confer upon us.

 

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of nations and beseech pardon for our national and other transgressions...

 

I remain struck by that last line, by Washington’s tacit awareness that humility, even penitence, are elements of Thanksgiving.  In the wake of the most recent electoral season, we may pray that more office-holders attain a similar awareness.

We have so much to be grateful for at our United Church.  This Sunday we welcome Dr. Christianna Singh, President of Lady Doak College, to celebrate or partnership and continued support.  We also present our continued support for all the fine mission and ministry we express together, as we dedicate ourselves and our pledges for the coming year.  Sunday afternoon at 4:00 we will give thanks with our interfaith partners at the Valley Shore Service of Thanksgiving at Trinity Lutheran Church in Centerbrook.  And the following Sunday we will lift our voices in song and praise with all your favorite hymns.  (How will we know which are your favorites?  You all are going to choose them!)

And so in this season of gratitude, in the words of our first President, we too will render to God our sincere and humble thanks, at the same time that we seek pardon for our national and other transgressions...

 

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