St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
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Pastor's Page November 2021

The former chaplain at Harvard University Peter Gomes shared that during one summer he played the organ for a little Baptist Church in Plymouth. They kept fiddling with the order of worship and one of the fiddlings was to add a thing called "celebrations and concerns." He noted people were concerned about Mary's illness, Fred's pickup that needed a new transmission. They were concerned about folks in the nursing homes and in the hospitals, as rightly they should be. They were concerned about the number of volunteers they needed to run the fair and didn't have, and they were concerned about the latest war, and our political and cultural life. Once in a while someone, realizing they were heaping up and accumulating these concerns, said, "well, we ought to be thankful for something." Gomes said, “we waited, and there really wasn't anything for which to be thankful.”

November is a great month to be “thankful for something.”! We begin the month turning the clocks back so when we go to sleep at 11pm, it’s only 10. How nice! All Saints is recognized on the first Sunday of November. Even as we grieve the loss of loved ones, All Saints is a time to give thanks for those we remember and God’s eternal home. Regardless of what offices are “up for election” we need to vote and give thanks for the right and privilege. Veterans Day is a good day to recognize and give thanks for those who have served our country in the Armed Services. Thanksgiving Day is a special time for recognizing the abundance of food, but also so many other gifts ... family, friends, faith....

Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot. Look & see!

Give thanks for a St. John’s community which supports each other. Give thanks for yard work completed, fall colors, each day, opportunities, ...

The Apostle Paul wrote: “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Pastor Wayne




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Mohnton PA 19540

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