A Grounded Thanksgiving Prayer – from Rev. Welch

 

Dear Friends and Members of the United Church of Norman-UCC

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A Grounded Thanksgiving Prayer (2016)
Diana Butler Bass

God, there are days we do not feel grateful. When we are anxious or angry. When we feel alone. When we do not understand what is happening in the world, or with our neighbors. God, we struggle to feel grateful.

But this Thanksgiving, we choose gratitude. We choose to accept life as a gift from you, from the unfolding work of all creation. We choose to be grateful for the earth from which our food comes; for the water that gives life; and for the air we all breathe.

We make the choice to see our ancestors, those who came before us, and their stories, as a continuing gift of wisdom for us today. We choose to see our families and friends with new eyes, appreciating them for who they are, and be thankful for our homes whether humble or grand. We will be grateful for our neighbors, no matter how they voted or how much we feel hurt by them. We choose to see the whole planet as our shared commons, the public stage of the future of humankind and creation.

God, this Thanksgiving, we do not give thanks. We choose it. And we will make thanks, with strong hands and courageous hearts. When we see your sacred generosity, we become aware that we live in an infinite circle of gratitude. That we all are guests at a hospitable table around which gifts are passed and received. We will not let anything opposed to love take over this table. Instead, we choose to see grace, free and unmerited love, the giftedness of life everywhere, as the tender web of all creation. In this choosing, and in the making, we will pass gratitude onto the world.

Thus, with you, and with all those gathered here, we pledge to make thanks. And we ask you to strengthen us in this resolve. Here, now, and into the future. Around this table. Around the table of our nation. Around the table of the earth.
Amen.

 

 

Future Events

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Lacey Moroney and Dwight Welch offer cards of well wishes to the mosque in Norman

Sunday November 27th our adult education well be spent discussing our Puritan heritage led by Tom Schott starting at 9:45 a.m

Thursday, December 1st at 5 p.m. It’s chance to meet with our church growth consultant, David Wheeler. All are welcome to attend. 1217 Melisa Dr in Norman

Sunday December 4th at 9:45 a.m we’ll hold our Conversation Sunday. Ericka Wright will speak about the project Somebody’s Mama.

Somebody’s Mama exists to bring awareness to issues affecting women across the globe, to create a community of people who care deeply about finding real solutions, and to turn ideas into action. Our vision is to invest in partnerships that empower women across all cultures and people.We do this by raising awareness and funding global projects focused on women’s healthcare, education, economic empowerment, and ending violence against women

Community Events:

Thursday, December 8th at 6:30pm

Norman Public Library Central
225 N. Webster
Norman, OK 73073
Information: 405/701-2600

Making Peace: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is a three-part public program examining historical peace movements, current barriers to peace, and ways individuals can become peacemakers. This program is free and open to the public.

Part 3 The series will conclude Thursday, Dec. 8, 6:30 pm with “Being a Peacemaker in the 21st Century: What Can I Do? What Can We Do?” presented by Dr. Charles Kimball, Presidential Professor and Director of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

 

 

Book Club December 5th

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We’re reading chapters 5 and 6 and we’ll gather to discuss them at Nancy Logan’s home 3200 Summit Bend at 7pm.

 

 

Food and Shelter Needs

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Resident and Shelter Needs include soap, cleaning supplies, furniture, diapers. Kitchen Needs are dry sealed foods. Care Packets for the homeless include deodorant, self care products, snack foods

 

 

A New Recycling Box

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Given the number of paper products we use for our morning gatherings and conversation box the Social Justice committee has set up a recycling box to discard those items. Look for it on Sundays!