Saint Ambrose was a leader and bishop in the early church. He wrote, "No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks."
With Thanksgiving coming this week, I just want you to know that I am so thankful today for many things:
• I am thankful for little steps of progress. Each day seems to get a little bit better. It is important for us to focus on positive steps.
• I continue to be thankful for the amazing kindness of so many people from all around the country.
• I am thankful for the hard work of our staff and the faithful support of our church members. Our income is a little down, but our finances are in the black.
• I am thankful for our online presence that allows those who are unable to be present in the sanctuary on Sunday to still join us in worship.
• I am thankful for those who are able to join us on Sunday morning. We are at about 50 percent of our attendance prior to COVID-19.
• I am thankful for everyone’s cooperation in wearing a mask, sanitizing our hands, and practicing safe social distancing as we take steps to be as safe as possible in protecting the most vulnerable.
• I am thankful for things that I have learned during these challenging days. When it is all said and done, I will be stronger because of it. Our church will be stronger. Our community will be stronger. That is one of the blessings of adversity.
• I am thankful to God for strength on days that I feel weak. For encouragement on days that I feel discouraged. For laughter even in days of sadness. For hope in days of challenge.
God is so good. God is so faithful. As we come to Thanksgiving this Thursday, let’s remember that “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”
God bless you & Happy Thanksgiving!
Rev. Weldon Bares Senior Pastor