Grateful – something for Thanksgiving

I am grateful heart on wood
I am grateful

Today – a welcome passage from Brother David Steindl-Rast,
just in time for Thanksgiving.

You think that this is just another day in your life… It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you – today. It’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now, and the only appropriate response is gratefulness. If you learn to respond as if it were the first day in your life and the very last day then you will have spent this day very well.

Begin by opening your eyes, and be surprised that you have eyes you can open. That incredible array of colors that is constantly offered to us for our pure enjoyment. Look at the sky. We so rarely look at the sky. We so rarely note how different it is from moment to moment, with clouds coming and going.

Open your eyes. Look at that. Look at the faces of people whom you meet. Each one has an incredible story behind their face, Not only their own story but the story of their ancestors. All that life from generations and from so many places all over the world flows together and meets you here like life-giving water if you only open your heart and drink.

Open your heart to the incredible gifts that civilization gives to us. You flip a switch, and there is electric light. You turn a faucet, and there is warm water, and cold water, and drinkable water… a gift that millions and millions in the world will never experience.

And so I am wishing you will open your heart to all these blessings and let them flow through you. That everyone you will meet on this day will be blessed by you, just by your presence.

Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you. Then it will really be a good day.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving – Pastor Rick

Jack Jonah Movie


Jack Jonah was a young man who accidentally overdosed in 2016. The Jack Jonah Foundation is dedicated to his memory and in his name works to help individuals and families impacted by drugs and educate the community so tragedies such as Jack’s passing will never happen again.

This coming weekend there will be special premiere screenings of a film about Jack and his family.  The Jonah family are members of our church.  We support the film and you’ll even see scenes shot on location on our church property.  Consider coming to view this incredible story.

Screenings are:

Friday, November 8th – 6:45pm at Agawam Junior High School and Saturday, November 9th – 6pm at West Springfield High School.

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Children’s Sabbath Sunday – special video

When Rev. Sam Wilde asked one of the children in our congregation to participate in the October 13th Sunday Service for the Children’s Sabbath, he wasn’t too keen on speaking in front of a bunch of people so Rev. Sam asked him “Well, what would you like to do?”   His response was that he could make a video message.  Rev. Sam thought it was a great idea and when he showed it on Sunday so did everyone else.  I think you will enjoy this insight as well for Jesus said “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

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