Central United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Endicott, New York
Pastor's Corner

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”     – Colossians 3:16


Dear Friends,

Thanksgiving has got to be one of the most underrated holidays in America. Once Halloween has finished and the pumpkins are all put away, even before that, the Christmas frenzy takes over. Holiday specials start playing on TV, stores decorate their aisles with snowflakes and mistletoe, and people take the chance to hang Christmas lights while there’s no snow. It’s not all that surprising really; the Christmas spirit can be pretty infectious. The cynical might say it’s also a lot harder to profit off a holiday that emphasizes thankfulness and not gifts.     

I feel like this is how many people, even Christians, treat the idea of thankfulness in general. We are much faster at coming up with lists of things we want than lists of things we are grateful for. It’s also pretty easy for our prayers to become filled with phrases like “God, please give me…”, “God, please help me…”, or “God, I need…”. We get so tied up in what God can do for us and how God can improve our lives, that we forget how to be thankful for what we have. Luckily, God is good at reminding us what’s important. 

So let me say that in these last few months, I have been profoundly and repeatedly reminded that I am grateful for the opportunity to serve God as your pastor here at Central. I am grateful for the energy I feel here, for new members and baptisms, new vision and staff. I am grateful for the willingness to look to the future with excitement and purpose. I am grateful for your love for your church and your community.

So, this Thanksgiving, amidst the turkey dinners and family visits, may we all take a moment to pray and simply thank God for the things in our lives, whether for church, or home, family, or a hot meal; let us remember to give thanks, for God is good.     

 Wishing you all sorts of Thanksgiving blessings,