Resilient in 2021: Gratitude – May 2, 2021

Rev. John Shaver

Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:30am
Livestream Worship

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"I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving." Psalm 69:30
Dear SDUMC Family,

As I shared with you last Sunday, one of the ways I have traversed this last year has been through a Grace and Gratitude journal. I have tried to find some time each day to jot down moments of grace and thoughts of gratitude. Of course, some days, the writing came a bit easier than others.

Even on the days of COVID-fatigue and COVID-frustration, I was amazed at how quickly a page would fill up as I took some time to meditate. This week I was blessed to share some thoughts of gratitude with our SDUMC Preschool during our Chapel Time (pictured above). Even the three, four, and five-year-old children filled up a page with items for which they were thankful. I am sure their gratitude was a bit different than what your list may look like (maybe not), but it brought me great joy to hear their happiness even during days that are still challenging.

I hope you will find a bit of time today to pause and reflect on some moments of grace and thoughts of gratitude that you have witnessed on your journeys…

This Sunday, we will share some time singing hymns of praise, discussing what the Bible has to say about gratitude, and join in thanksgiving through Communion. We will be blessed throughout May as groups from the choir will lead us in the hymns, experience special Sundays, enjoy a variety of musicians, and provide a gathering time for children during worship. There will be one Outdoor Worship (Livestream too) at 9:30 a.m. Also, we will have bins out for Share The Table Sunday to provide relief to local neighbors (greatest needs: oatmeal, canned meat/fish, canned carrots, canned green beans, bagged pinto, or black beans).

Please know, you are each included on my gratitude list as I give thanks for a graceful and generous church family!

Grace, Peace, and Gratitude,
John

P.S. As I write the E-news on Friday evening, I received word this afternoon that one of our dear SDUMC family members, a true saint and a grace-filled matriarch of our church family, Betty Putnam, entered the Eternal Kingdom. As difficult as this news was to me, I am sitting here with thoughts of gratitude for one who always had a smile, continuously shared joy, and without a doubt, showed each of us how to share God's love throughout the community and world. Join me in keeping the Putnam family in your prayers. We will have a candle on the altar this Sunday to remind us of Betty's great light that will continue to shine and, of course, purple flowers to remember her great joy.

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