Today's Lectionary Text
Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
This week, our devotions will center on what our conference staff members shared by writing things we are thankful for on large Post-it Note pads. Please read to the end to see how you can participate.
As you might imagine, one common theme our staff shared was faith. We are simply blown away by God’s gifts of grace, love and kindness. We’re thankful for having a risen Savior who longs for a close relationship with us. We’re thankful for mercy and the way knowing that we are forgiven brings peace to our souls. And we’re thankful that we have the Good News to share.
We’re grateful for dedicated, talented clergy. And we’re grateful for laity who share their time and talent to fulfill our combined mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
We’re thankful for way we explore our faith, from children’s sermons to youth groups to camps, where we learn that God’s love truly lives outside the walls of any building. We’re thankful for Bible studies and the many translations of the Bible that allow God’s Word to speak to many people on many different levels. We’re thankful for women’s groups, men’s groups, musicians, worship leaders, dance ministries, visitations to shut-ins, old hymns played on the organ as well as praise bands stepping up the beat of our worship times. We’re thankful for church secretaries, Sunday school teachers, our bishop, our bishop’s colleagues and the many talents of the church basement ladies.
We feel blessed to have the ability to live out our passion in service to God and to the members of the Great Plains Conference. We’re thankful for our work family and, yes, we’re thankful for privilege of serving the church even now, in this time of uncertainty, because we know Christ reigns.
– Todd Seifert, communications director
Share a part or two of your faith that you are most thankful for by posting a photo you have taken yourself or some reflective words on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Please use the hashtag #GPUMCgivesthanks.
Prayer for Reflection
Gracious God, we thank you for your protective power. As we embark on this week of Thanksgiving, help us to be mindful of your sacrifice on our behalf, and help us to show our thanks to you and our faith to others we encounter. Amen.
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