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Dear Church Family,

This Sunday is the last Sunday in the church calendar, Christ the King Sunday.   It is a day when the church focuses on the ultimate sovereignty of God over all creation and all temporal political kingdoms.  Perhaps this is a good thing to remember when things still seem to be so conflicted in our corner of the world.

The sermon for this Sunday will be “The Blind Spot” and the lessons are Ezekiel 34:11-16 and Matthew 25:31-46, the parable of the Great Judgment. Here is the link for those continuing to worship on line: https://thefv.cc/online-worship/.

It is also Thanksgiving Sunday.  It’s going to be a very different Thanksgiving this year as so many of us (including the two of us) will be sad about not being able to be with family and friends.  It is hard to be patient and prudent, even as the circumstances warrant it while we wait for the vaccine.

But of course, we always have reasons to be thankful—in all circumstances.  I enjoy reading each year Lincoln’s Thanksgiving proclamation of 1863, which is generally credited with establishing the national holiday.  Lincoln, acutely conscious of the pain of the war, lists a number of reasons to be grateful, even in such a time.  Google it, and see if you don’t find remarkable and comforting the providential perspective it brings.

He says “No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who while dealing with us in anger for our sins (Lincoln increasingly was viewing slavery as a national sin which had to be expunged) , hath nevertheless remembered mercy.’

May we remember God’s gracious mercy, in little blessings and great. Happy Thanksgiving.

Peace and Joy,

Rich

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