November in the church starts out by remembering and ends by giving thanks. The end of October always marks Reformation Sunday, but this particular year Reformation Sunday was marked by special worship services and related events across the country and around the world. The big “to do” is that this year marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. A pretty cool and worthwhile event. If you didn’t check out the website last month, you can find out more about the Reformation here: https://lutheranreformation.org/.
The first Sunday in November following Reformation Sunday is always All Saints’ Day, the day in the church year during that particular worship service that we take a moment and acknowledge the men and women, who had died in their faith in Jesus the previous year. It’s sort of like a Memorial Day service specifically for Christians in the church.
Then near the end of November, the church and the entire country takes one day to give thanks to God for all that he has done for us. Thanksgiving Day—like every day—should be about thanking God for all that he has given you and all the ways that he has helped you and encouraged you throughout this past year. Take a moment and think about one thing each day for the next 30 days for which you are thankful. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm 136.1)
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Pastor Chris LaBoube