A Message From The Pastor
Rev. Michael Gelsomini

Good Morning,

In addition to giving thanks on Thanksgiving Day we often
remember our childhood, Thanksgivings of the past and those
who are no longer with us.  I wonder...what if we remembered
Christ and intentionally invited him into our hearts as we sit down
to our meals to break bread on Thursday......

Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Blessings,
Rev. Mike


Do This in Remembrance of Me

Excerpt from 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

When he had given thanks, he broke the bread and said, "This is
my body that is for you.  Do this in remembrance of me."

Reflection by Martin B. Copenhaver

"If memories are deep and have a hold on us, they will soon be
beyond the reach of words.  If our memories are powerful they
simply outgrow words, and one longs for something more than a
story.  We want something that looks and feels more like life
itself.  Beyond the travelogue, we want in some way to make the
journey again.  One wants to do something.  Do this in
remembrance.

In this connection, I think of fishing, of all things.  For me, a
person who usually strives to do something productive with my
hours, it is a most improbable way to spend an afternoon.  But
fishing means something more to me.

You see, I used to fish with my father and now everything about
it reminds me of him.  The sound of the tackle box when I carry
it.  The smell of the box when I open it.  The distant splash of a
lure after a good, long cast.  The intent fisherman's stare at the
surface of the water.

So, soon after my father's death, I took an afternoon off and went
fishing.  I could have spent the afternoon talking about my father,
telling stories, reading old letters.  But in some mysterious way,
this was something more.  Words are not always enough.

Do this in remembrance.  Do this because you remember.  Do
this in order to remember.

Jesus obviously knew how important it would be for his
followers to have something more than stories to tell.  He wanted
to give them something to do in remembrance.  What he chose
was a simple meal, something they had shared many times, and
would share many times after he is gone.  Because Jesus chose
such an everyday event he gave his followers ample opportunity
to remember… by doing."

Prayer

Lord Jesus, thank you for giving us a simple meal through which
we remember and are drawn close to you again and again.
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