SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

Giving Thanks......

Nov 18, 2019
Giving Thanks......


Giving thanks is not relegated to one day of the year but every day when those thanks are directed to Him who loves us and gives us His blessings each and every day, many of which we take for granted. The special and warm feelings that “Thanksgiving” conveys are beautiful and necessary to most of us who in our busy world cannot find the time to thank God every day. In fact, many cannot find the time to attend church services on Sunday or at any time so “Thanksgiving” becomes the day that satisfies the conscience of most people. On that specific Thursday we gather together with friends and family to celebrate our togetherness and love. And this IS beautiful and necessary. Here at St. John’s and at all the Orthodox Christian Churches, we lift up our hearts and celebrate “Giving Thanks” at every Liturgy. We gather with our church family and together give thanks and celebrate our attachment and care for each other. We exhibited this feeling on Sunday, November 10 when, under the able direction of our pastor, Fr. Maryan and Matuska Lana, the parishioners and friends were treated to a delicious and beautiful “Thanksgiving Dinner.” With the help of Father, Matuska, and Matuska’s mother, Anastasia Malish, and several of our parishioners who helped with preparation, we all prayed together and enjoyed the dinner. Please remember to give thanks to God always and take the time out to pray: “I am Thine unworthy yet thankful servant. Unto Thee I offer praise and glory for the great blessings which I have received. O Lord, I bless Thee, I praise Thee, I sing to Thee and I glorify Thy great goodness, and in humility I cry aloud: O Benefactor and Saviour, glory to Thee.” Pictures of the Thanksgiving Dinner are in the Photo Gallery.

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