|Dear Aldersgate Family and Friends,|
Our worship series for November is “Come to the Table.” We will spend four weeks on the sacrament of Holy Communion, The Lord’s Supper, The Eucharist! The Greek of the Week is εὐχαριστήσας – eucharistēsas.
Eucharistēsas is found in all four gospels, including Luke 22:19. Take this, and divide it among yourselves … And he took bread, and when he had given thanks [eucharistēsas] he broke it and gave it to them.
Eucharistēsas translates to “Give Thanks” and is included in the feeding of the multitudes in the gospels. This sacrament reminds us to be filled and completed with joy in our love of God through Christ and our love of one another. The sacredness of this tradition in our church is rooted in gratitude. Friends, we have so much to be thankful for! God is good!
Gracious God, we give you thanks for the young disciples in our midst who bring great joy, energy and smiles each week. We give you thanks for the music and song that grace our sanctuary through our music ministry and the sharing of our resources with Juneau Strings Ensemble and Ursa Major. We give you thanks for the ministry of our laity, and we affirm each of their calls to the ministry of Aldersgate and our community at such a time as this. Amen!
Holy One, We give you thanks for the opportunity to transform our sanctuary into a carnival and serve 171 youth plus their families. These neighbors were filled with joy and fed through our resources, and were safe and comfortable. Help us to continue this hospitality and fellowship. May the Spirit guide us. Be with us as we generously share our space. Amen!
Divine Spirit, We give thanks for all of the hands that built our church and all who keep it warm and inviting. We are so very blessed to have Aldersgate located in the valley with easy access, open doors, and open hearts. Amen!
|Creator…wow! We give thanks in wonder for all of the volunteers and the many hours of joyful giving that continue to be poured into our ministries. We are without words for the representation of the hands and feet of Christ in our midst. Amen!|