From Paul’s Pen

Today is the deadline for your 2022 theme suggestions. As of Friday, we had four great suggestions but we’d love to have more. Please give your written ideas for a theme to Janice or me. Be sure to include your name and an associated scripture.

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is this week! Don’t forget our annual devotional will be Tuesday night at 7:00 in lieu of our usual Wednesday night services. Christians have so much to be thankful for and Thursday will be a great opportunity to reflect on our blessings – not just a turkey feast.

The Bible is full of references about giving thanks. May I suggest these verses from Psalm 95 as we assemble for worship this morning:

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord!

Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;

Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.

For the Lord is the great God,

And the great King above all gods.

In His hand are the deep places of the earth;

The heights of the hills are His also.

The sea is His, for He made it;

And His hands formed the dry land.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For He is our God,

And we are the people of His pasture,

And the sheep of His hand.

            When we pause to give thanks, it is helpful to remember that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17; NKJV).