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Thursday Thoughts – November 23, 2017

Dear Congregation:

I invite you to come for Thanksgiving Day worship, tomorrow, at 10:00 am in Trinity Chapel. This service will include an anthem by the Senior Choir, a reading of a Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation, and the singing of traditional Thanksgiving hymns, including, “America the Beautiful.” For me, it’s a powerful reminder of all those who have gathered in that chapel and on that site for generations and generations, giving thanks for life and liberty.

Wherever you find yourself tomorrow, I know that you will take a moment to give thanks for the gift of family and friends, for our homes and food, and for the love of God.

I give thanks for all of you and the many ways in which we share love, hope, and peace with our community
and the world.



Sunday Worship:

Today is the last Sunday of the church year. This day we proclaim the hope of God’s eternal realm of justice and peace. The reading from Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24 makes clear that God’s concern is not for insiders over and against outsiders, but is for all who come under the parameters of God’s care. Here, the prophet reminds the people of identity, and the responsibility they have one for another. In Matthew 25: 31-46, Jesus’ teaching tells how, when God’s reign comes in its fullness the nations will be separated in the same way a shepherd separates sheep and goats. Jesus’ disciples today are called to perform acts of mercy and justice to those in need
– to live out God’s great compassion. The Senior Choir will be singing.

Adult Learning Options (9:30-10:15a.m.)

• Let’s Talk – in Trinity Chapel West Classroom –“Let’s just Talk”

Today we will have a conversation with each other. Come and enjoy some coffee and breakfast goodies and join members and friends in sharing what’s on your heart and mind. Facilitated by Pastor Daniel.

Construction Update

Here are some views of the outside work behind the church.









Food for Thought: Thanksgiving Song

“Grateful for each hand we hold
Gathered round this table.
From far and near we travel home, Blessed that we are able.

Grateful for this sheltered place
With light in every window,
Saying welcome, welcome, share this feast
Come in away from sorrow.

Father, mother, daughter, son, Neighbor, friend and friendless;
All together everyone in the gift of loving-kindness.

Grateful for what’s understood, And all that is forgiven;
We try so hard to be good, To lead a life worth living.

Father, mother, daughter, son, Neighbor, friend, and friendless;
All together everyone, let grateful days be endless. Grateful for each hand we hold
Gathered round this table.”

(- Mary Chapin Carpenter – Thanksgiving Song Lyrics)



Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, Senior Pastor
Evangelical Reformed Church, United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701
301-662-2762 e-mail:

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