This Week – November 15, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018
9:30 a.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal
10:15 a.m. Worship

Scripture: Psalm 112, James 1: 22-25, Luke 18: 35-43
Sermon: “Do it for Yourself, Others, and God: Work”

Serving Our Church:
Liturgist: Ethan Norris-Weber
Greeters: Nancy, Ethan, and Eli Norris-Weber
Ushers: Worship Team

Advent Devotionals
The 2018 Advent devotionals are now available while supplies last.

Chapel Hills “Holiday Carol Sing”
Sunday, December 9th – 4:00 p.m. @ Chapel Hills

Bring a friend or neighbor for an evening of…
• Holiday songs the whole family will enjoy
• Snacks and Refreshments
• Bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the VEAP Food Shelf

There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex if you would like to provide an appetizer, cookies, and/or help with set-up/clean-up.

Praise the Holy One
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Where are you going for Thanksgiving? Will you be one of the many millions traveling this year? Last year, the figure for numbers of people moving around the lower 48 on Thanksgiving Day was around 50 million. Everyone is moving like a river toward and through the world swirling like circles inside of circles and ending up at almost the same meal. It may be that 88% of Americans eat Turkey on Thanksgiving. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all just stop and remember what we share?

Remember to be grateful for everything that saves us, and all of creation that embraces and nurtures and quenches our thirst. To be grateful for a growing generation that learns before our eyes how to speak truth to power. To be grateful for all those who inhabit this world with us and in gratitude see how much we need each other. Being grateful is both a response to love and a generator of love.

Perhaps on Thanksgiving it’s a good day for us to remember that we are grateful for the things we love because of what they call us to become. To love creation calls us into a world of nature and color and the genius of creatures and the suffering caused by climate change. It pulls us into the actual place we live beyond sidewalks and the walls of our homes, or the seats of our cars, or the screens of our computers. Gratitude for creation and our love of it reminds us that nature is our true home.

To love children is to love what the world may become, and be grateful, in advance, for what they will do for others. To love children is to love into the future by influencing their experience of the present. To love children is to teach them things they might need to know. But mostly to show them how beautiful they are and how Jesus needs them to be his hands and they are beloved.

To love one’s neighbor pulls one across the globe, and into our backyards. Who are all these people? What are they doing traveling with us on this day? Eating turkey. Sharing life. Breathing. Laughing. Telling stories. Mourning loss. Being happy. Irritated with a cousin, or sibling. We are also grateful that there is a world where evening meals share different settings and a plenary of tastes. We are grateful for global neighbors.  Among all the things that love can teach, our three great loves (Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, Love of Creation) teach us gratitude.

Looking Ahead…

Sunday, November 18th
Sandwich Making
Following Worship
Book Group

Saturday, December 8th
Cooks of Chapel Hills @ 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 9th
Holiday Carol Sing from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Book Group – Sunday, November 18th (Following Worship)
Our November Book Group selection is…
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
By Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

Cooks of Chapel Hills
Saturday, December 8th • 6:00 p.m.
Mark your calendar and plan on attending our “Holiday Themed” dinner.  Sign-up sheet is in the Narthex.  All are Welcome!

Looking Ahead
November 15 Londonderry Townhome Association Meeting – 6:30 p.m.
November 18 Pastoral Relations Meeting – 8:30 a.m.
Book Group/Confirmation/Sandwich Making – Following Worship
November 21 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
November 28 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
December 2 Communion/VEAP Food Shelf Sunday
December 3 Worship Team Meeting – 5:30 p.m.
December 5 Adult Choir Rehearsal – 7:30 p.m.
December 8 Cooks of Chapel Hills (Holiday Theme) – 6:00 p.m.
December 9 Holiday Carol Sing – 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Worship This Sunday
Scripture: Psalm 112, James 1: 22-25, Luke 18: 35-43
Sermon: “Do it for Yourself, Others, and God: Work”

The fifth “practice” of discipleship is work. Where your head and heart are is important. So is the placement and use of your hands.

May the strength of God guide us, the Power of God preserve us, the wisdom of God instruct us, the Spirit of God be within us, this day and evermore. Amen.