Pastor’s Pen – November

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The Pastor’s Pen – November

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to thy name, O most high.”  

(Psalm 92:1)

On Thursday, November 27th we, as a nation, will pause to offer thanks to God for the abundant blessings we have received.  It is most appropriate that we do so, for God is the one who has given us all good things.

As Martin Luther says in explaining the Fourth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer (we recently looked at that petition in our Sunday morning sermon series), “God gives daily bread, [which] includes everything needed for this life, such as food and clothing, home and property, work and income, a devoted family, an orderly community, good government, favorable weather, peace and health, a good name, and true friends and neighbors.”

The New Testament writer James puts it like this:  “Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father.”   (James 1:17)

In response to all that God has given us, it is good that we give thanks to the Lord, that we sing praises to God’s name!

It is not only with our words and our songs, however, that we are able to give thanks.  It’s also with our lives.  The theme of this fall’s stewardship campaign is “God’s Work – Our Hands.”  That’s a theme that is being lifted up throughout the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  “God’s Work – Our Hands” reminds us that we have been called to be partners with God in doing God’s work in the world.  Out of gratitude for what God has given us, we respond with lives of service and generosity.

I invite you to join us for our Thanksgiving Eve worship service, Wednesday, November 26, at 7:00 p.m.  We will indeed give thanks to the Lord and sing praises to God’s name!  And I invite you to respond to our stewardship campaign by making a financial pledge to St. Andrew on Commitment Sunday, November 23.  Supporting the ministries of our congregation is one of the ways in which “God’s Work – Our Hands” is put into practice.

Even more, I invite you to make every day a day of thanksgiving.  Let’s give thanks to God with our words.  And let’s give thanks to God with our lives.  May both our words and our actions sing praises to God’s name!

See you in worship.

Pastor Selbo

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