Faith Harvest Sunday
Dear Spry Church Family and Friends,
This Sunday begins one of my favorite weeks of the year, Thanksgiving week! I love Thanksgiving. One reason is because of the delicious food, of course. :)
The main reason I love Thanksgiving is because it's a time when we focus on giving thanks. This fall at Spry Church we've been encouraging people to cultivate gratitude by using our Gratitude Jars. I've heard a number of positive comments from people who are finding this practice really meaningful. It's become a fun part of our family's daily routine to write down what we're thankful for and put that piece of paper in the jar. Then, on Thanksgiving, we'll read aloud what we've written as part of giving thanks.
This Sunday, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, is what we call Faith Harvest Sunday at Spry Church. Years ago, in a farming community like ours, people would bring part of their harvest from crops and offer them to God during worship as a sign of their gratitude and a sign of their faith in God's continued provision. There are pictures from generations ago of the front of my home church sanctuary, St. Paul's in Red Lion, totally filled with food from the harvest that people presented in worship as part of the Faith Harvest celebration.
This Sunday at our church we will observe the occasion with a special Thanksgiving-themed worship in which we thank God for the many blessings in our lives while also looking forward, expressing our faith and trust in the Lord. We'll hear some powerful stories about how God is using our church to change lives and bring people hope. That is the harvest Jesus speaks of when he says, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field" (Matthew 9:37-38).
During worship on Sunday, those who consider Spry their church home will be invited to present annual giving commitments through the 2019 estimate of giving cards as part of our Faith Harvest Sunday celebration. Our giving is an expression of gratitude and worship to God, and an investment in the church's ministry of leading people into fullness of life through Jesus Christ. We'll have estimate of giving cards in the bulletin and at the end of worship we'll present our cards to God as an act of worship. We'll have a coffee mug ready for you to pick up as an expression of our gratitude for turning in your estimate of giving cards (one per household, but each child or youth who fills out a card also gets a mug). You can read more, or complete the form online if you prefer doing it that way, here. It's going to be a wonderful time of worship on Sunday.
This Thanksgiving I have so much for which to be thankful, and that includes you, Spry Church! You are in our family's Gratitude Jar. :)
See you Sunday!