One of the terms that we use often in church is that we are the community of faith. It is the faith that we have in God as revealed in the Scriptures, attested in human history by the prophets, Jesus Christ His Son and the apostles and applied in our lives by the Holy Spirit. We are the people who have put our faith in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
During the recent political elections, we often heard the term that we are a community. We are a community that comes together because we have certain political convictions, certain present and future aspirations and certain things that we want to leave as a heritage to the future generations.
The celebration of Thanksgiving invites us to become a thankful community. I enjoy listening to my children identifying themselves as the children of this community. I had three of my four children in the car this Sunday and each of them remarked that no matter where they go, this will always be the place where they want to return because this is their community.
They have been born in this community, they have their childhood and their youth here, they have learned their ABC's in the community schools, they have made their commitment to Christ in this community church, they have the majority of their friends within walking distance from our home. When my children sing the well-known song, Count Your Blessings, Name Them One by One, many of their blessings have been experienced here.
The churches in this community, the Area Association of Community Churches invite you to come and express your thanksgiving to God as the community of faith on Wednesday evening, November 21, 2007 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 202 Navesink Ave., Navesink, whose Pastor is Rev. Lyndon Shakespeare. The Thanksgiving Service will be from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. The preacher for this Worship Service will be the Rev. Sandra Wanamaker, Pastor of the United Methodist Church of Highlands. There will be a choir made up of singers from the community churches.
We invite you to come and give thanks to God for your health, for your income/harvest, for your education and its benefits, for your family and friends and for the freedom that we have in this country to worship the Lord without fear that we will experience harm.
Looking forward to seeing many of you come and praise God and from your hearts filled with thanksgiving bring glory to our God who is worthy to be praised.