His message is confirmed by the lessons for Thanksgiving Holy Communion, which are set out here. In these Bible passages,
- Moses warns that short-sighted self-centeredness will cost God's people their abundant blessings. And he tells us that our real life is found not in material stuff but in the word of God.
- James warns the church that words have meaning - we must "do" what God says, not just hear it. Again, God gives us every good gift to enjoy, but we will lose the blessing if we follow our own agenda and ignore God's will.
- Our Lord tells us that every need will be met if we seek God's kingdom and righteousness.
May we all enjoy Thanksgiving God's way, giving sincere thanks and appreciating all that we have as a gift from our Father in Heaven. And may we share of our abundance with those in need, as James teaches.
God bless you all. Northern Plains Anglicans will enjoy the holiday with family and friends, so comments won't likely be posted until Friday. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.