Florence Congregational Church
Monday, May 28, 2018
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Pastor’s Corner- November 2013                                            

November is approaching with a nip of frost already biting at the nose in the morning.  It is a special month of celebration for many families as we look forward to Thanksgiving gatherings.  I am often amazed how so many will claim it to be a national holiday with little religious connection.  As Congregationalists, I am sure that most of us would have to snicker at the comment.  We know our history.  The first Thanksgiving had everything to with religion as the Pilgrims gathered at the table in praise and thanksgiving for the blessings that the Lord had bestowed on them.  Those surviving at the Plymouth Plantation prepared a feast that all could share including the neighboring Native Americans who’s help had literally saved the plantation from total starvation.  Those gathered at the table enjoyed many of the foods we continue to place on our tables today.  Imagine that a tradition approaching nearly four centuries in which we share common foods of turkey, bread and vegetables.  It is special in that this tradition even in its worldly secularized context bares its roots in our history… our Thanksgiving of a god who continues to remain steadfast in blessing us with many gifts within our homeland that we treasure.  As people of the Florence Congregational Church we are privileged to have the opportunity to gather at the common table for a Thanksgiving Dinner prepared on Thanksgiving Day for all who would like to come.

 

I would like to take the opportunity to offer you some of the things I am thankful for…

  • For all those people who are dedicated to pray for the people of our church
  • Those who commit time and energy to work with the young people in Sunday School
  • The children who remind me that life can and should not be so complicated
  • The people who come here each Sunday morning to praise God who remains faithful
  • Those who give of themselves and their resources recognizing that God has provided and that we in turn should do likewise for those among us
  • Those care givers at the hospital and local nursing centers who I meet regularly and who have made a career commitment to serving others in tenderness and love
  • Those men and women who dedicate their lives to protect the citizens of the United States of America from loss of life and liberty
  •   A God who remains steadfast, merciful and just with patience and love for all people
  • For Jesus Christ who entered the world as an innocent little baby to serve, teach, and give of himself on our behalf that we should know the grace of God in its fullest
  • For the Holy Spirit’s continued presence, comfort and guidance in these days of turmoil, chaos, suffering and pain

Lastly, I must say I am thankful for the opportunity to serve with you people here in Florence.  Brenda and I truly find “home” here in the valley and are warmed by your faithfulness, generosity and commitment to the church and community.  Thank You for your support and love.  May God’s blessing be abundant in your celebration as you offer your prayer of blessing this Thanksgiving.

 

In Christ,

 Pastor Irv

 

Florence Congregational Church • 130 Pine Street, Florence, Massachusetts 01062 • 413.584.1325
 

 

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