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This Harvest Thanksgiving, we’re keeping it simple.  Large on thanks.  Large on giving.  Small on gathering.  Small on decorating.  As much as we love all the trimmings, this is a time to make good on our proclamation that God provides what is necessary. It happens through the dedication and compassion of those around us. 

So, as much as I rejoice in a church beautifully decked out for the harvest festival, we are not going to decorate St. Martin’s to the hilt this year.  Instead, take a minute to give thanks for having food on the shelves of the grocery store, or delivered, or made by a friend, or grown in your garden (see parsnip above).  Instead of bringing fruit and vegetables to the church, we can do God’s work by donating time, talent, or treasure to the food ministries in our community.  Now, more than ever, those who are food insecure or unable to prepare their meals need us to share. 

Although St. Martin’s has to limit numbers at services under the guidelines of the health authorities, there is always a place for you.  Join in by Zoom; join in through YouTube; join in by phone or through requesting written materials mailed to you.  Our in-person gatherings may be small, but Christ has the power to touch a large number through our ministry together.  Your parish church strives to be a network of love and care.  With your help, we can support each other to celebrate the heart of Thanks-giving, even across the physical distances.

Tis the gift to be simple, tis the gift to be free,

Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,

And when we find ourselves in the place just right,

Twill be in the valley of love and delight.                    – Shaker hymn