The Difference between what we need and what we want.Thanksgiving


The Feast of Thanksgiving

Today in the United States is the Feast of Thanksgiving which we received from the practice of the Ancient Celtic Church of the British Isles that held a Thanksgiving Celebration after Michaelmas. Even though the Puritans rejected the association with St Michael and All Angels they none the less kept the practice and spirit of the feast.

Our propers today are from the American Episcopal Prayer Book and Lectionary. Let us pause today and consider the difference between what we need and what we want and to give thanks for what we have and share with those who have not.

The Collect
Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Old Testament

Joel 2:21-27

Do not fear, O soil; be glad and rejoice, for the LORD has done great things! Do not fear, you animals of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit, the fig tree and vine give their full yield. O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the LORD your God; for he has given the early rain for your vindication, he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the later rain, as before. The threshing floors shall be full of grain, the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. I will repay you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent against you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the LORD, am your God and there is no other. And my people shall never again be put to shame.

The Psalm

Psalm 126 Page 782, BCP

In convertendo

1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, *
then were we like those who dream. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, *
and our tongue with shouts of joy. 3 Then they said among the nations, *
“The LORD has done great things for them.” 4 The LORD has done great things for us, *
and we are glad indeed. 5 Restore our fortunes, O LORD, *
like the watercourses of the Negev. 6 Those who sowed with tears *
will reap with songs of joy. 7 Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, *
will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.

The Epistle

1 Timothy 2:1-7

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For

there is one God;
there is also one mediator between God and humankind,
Christ Jesus, himself human,
who gave himself a ransom for all

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