Feasting on Gratitude

This Fall we experienced a season of “Feasting on Gratitude” for our Annual Giving.  It was a successful campaign and enjoyed by all.

How do we feast on gratitude?

In our Church, we celebrate Holy Communion, a feast of gratitude, for all that has been given to us and for the blessings we receive in God’s abiding presence with us.  As Eucharistic people, our call is to simply respond with praise and thanksgiving.

We know it is not always easy to be grateful.  Work and life pressures abound.  We face loss and disappointments.  Gratitude is the fruit of life abundant turning what we have into enough and more.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

How do faith communities support one another in embracing practices of gratitude?  What is the annual giving campaign, a time that is traditionally devoted to raising support for the life giving ministries of  a congregation?  It is a time to embrace our intentional practice of gratitude and to recognize our giving practice as worship – a concrete way to offer praise and thanksgiving.

Our Stewardship Reflection Series

“Feasting on Gratitude” is a six week stewardship reflection series designed to compliment our annual giving campaign.  Each of the six contributing writers explores stewardship, giving, gratitude and generosity in connection with readings from the Gospel of Matthew each Sunday during October.  On Gratitude Sunday, we made our pledges and celebrated with a brunch after each service –“Come to the Banquet”.

The six weekly reflections (below) say that we are called to offer praise and thanksgiving with the entirety of our lives.  One of the most concrete ways that we offer praise and Gratitude for all we have been given.

October 1, 2017
“Give to God the things that are of God”

October 8, 2017
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart…”

October 15, 2017
“The greatest among you will be your servant.”

October 22, 2017
“Everything is ready, come to the banquet.”

October 29, 2017
“Blessed are the poor in spirit.”