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The Episcopal Church in the City of Euclid

Dear Friends in Christ,

The work of Thanksgiving is the bookend of Christian life. We are thankful for our creation: without God we are nothing; there is no life within us. We are thankful for our redemption, the knowledge that our daily repentance leads daily to new mercies, and that in receiving mercy, we are charged also to pass it on. We are thankful for our resurrection, trusting in the example of Jesus Christ that even in death we are not abandoned by God, but beloved beyond all reasonable measure.

So while there is not a Collect in our prayer book specifically for Thanksgiving Day, the national, secular holiday, the theme of Thanksgiving is ever-present.

In Morning Prayer, we join together to “give humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made.”

The center of our Baptismal service is the Thanksgiving over the Water, remembering the gifts of life and salvation symbolized by that mighty work of God’s creation.

Even in the Burial of the Dead, we give thanks for those we have known and loved, whom God placed among us.

The General Thanksgiving at the back of the book (that treasure trove of prayers for all occasions) reminds us to give thanks not only for the easy things – the beauty of an autumn leaf in the sun’s angular light, the ease of electric heat, the touch of love – but also for those things “which demand our best efforts,” and even for “those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.”

In each of our Eucharistic prayers, we acknowledge that it is “meet and right,” “right, good, and joyful,” it is the “done thing” to give thanks to God always and everywhere.

In the secular season of Thanksgiving, then, I invite us each to embrace a discipline that should last a lifetime, giving thanks to God in all times and all places; in the beauty of God’s goodness, and in the certainty of God’s mercy even in the difficult spaces of life.

I’ll start: I am thankful this day for all of you, for your example of Christian kindness, your humour, your prayers, your generosity in your joy and your struggles; for your very being; for all that you bring to this life of faith that we share.

Gratefully,

Rosalind +