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Pastor's Monthly Newsletter Message

May 2007

Our thoughts this month have been particularly focused on gratitude. For some reason, we seem to be living in a time and place where complaints flow easier than words of praise and thanksgiving. Even our prayers are more filled with words of petition and requests for things instead of words of gratitude. The massacre at Virginia Tech. wrenched our hearts with grief, but also served as a reminder of just how fragile life is and how important it is to tell our family and friends how much they mean to us. We know that in our own family, the day to day living and need to get things done, sometimes distracts us from noticing the good and commenting on it.

Paul had this wonderful way of starting most of his letters, “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you,…” (Romans 1:8); “I give thanks to my God always for you…” (1 Corinthians 1:4); “In our prayers for you we always thank God…” (Colossians 1:3).

Consider this...wouldn’t the world be a more pleasant place and wouldn’t our relationships be much improved if we spent more time letting each other know how grateful we are more regularly? Someone gave us a newsletter article from another church whose pastor challenged the congregation to spend the 30 days after Easter as “Complaint Free” days. It’s an interesting challenge we should all consider taking up.

Even if we can’t quite give up complaining, it would be a good spiritual practice for each one of us to take time to notice all the things we have to be thankful for and to express our thanks to God and one another more regularly.

With that in mind...we are grateful for the support this congregation has shown and continues to show for the Autism Walk. We are grateful for our children and the way they have overcome so many challenges. We are grateful for your prayers and words of concern for our family. We are grateful for the many volunteers who give their time so generously to this community of faith. We are grateful to Elliot and Tom and the choirs for their music leadership. We are grateful for the opportunity to worship together this summer with blended worship. We are grateful for our wonderful teachers. We are grateful for our staff and their dedication. We are grateful for each committee and the leadership of the session and deacons. Thank you.

Rev. Laurie & Rev. Leonard