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Reflections, Images, Music, and Videos from our Thanksgiving (October 9) Services

October 12, 2016

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Embedded below are the 4 videos we watched to prepare for worship at our 10 a.m. Service on Thanksgiving Sunday, October 9.

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Here’s the Gospel Reading at our October 9 Services.

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In his sermon, Deacon Bob shared the following 2 illustrations inviting us to appreciate God’s blessings to us with thankful hearts.

Illustration 1:

housetrained-kids-can-live-in-your-home-photo-by-sue-weaverIn Budapest, a man goes to the rabbi and complains, “Life is unbearable. There are nine of us living in one room. What can I do?”

The rabbi answered, “Take your goat into the room with you.”

The man was incredulous, but the rabbi insists. “Do as I say and come back in a week.”

A week later the man comes back looking more distraught than before.  “We cannot stand it,” he tells the rabbi. “The goat is filthy.”

The rabbi then tells him, “Go home and let the goat out. And come back in a week.” 

A radiant man returns to the rabbi a week later, exclaiming, “Life is beautiful. We enjoy every minute of it now that there’s no goat — only the nine of us.”

Illustration 2:

martin_rinckartIn 1636, amid the darkness of the Thirty Years’ War, a German pastor, Martin Rinkart, is said to have buried five thousand of his parishioners in one year, and average of fifteen a day. His parish was ravaged by war, death, and economic disaster. In the heart of that darkness, with the cries of fear outside his window, he sat down and wrote this table grace for his children:

Now thank we all our God,
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things hath done,
In whom his world rejoices;
who, from our mother’s arms
hath blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.

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We sang “Now Thank We All Our God” at both Services. 

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Just before our Offertory Hymn at both Services, we watched the following video, the first of 10 stewardship videos we’ll be showing in October, November, and January.

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At the end of both Services, we prayed over the gifts of food people had placed before the Altar, which we planned to give to the Calgary Food Bank and the Dream Centre. We asked the Lord to use these gifts to bless those in our city who are hungry, and use us to speed the day when the need for food banks will be no more. 

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As we went forth from the 10 a.m. Service, with hearts thankful for the gift of God’s love, received to share, the following songs were playing on our screens.

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