Pastor's Note
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Pastor's Note

Senior Pastor, Reverend Bridget Thornton
The Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 wrote, "give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. There is always something to be grateful for. Even when we face challenges in our lives there are still things to give thanks for. What is it that you are grateful for? Family? Friends? Health? Achievements? When we approach life from a sense of gratitude, we are not only fulfilling God's will for us, but we are also happier people. I have a sign in our house that reads, "Gratitude turns what we have into enough." Lack of gratitude often stems from feeling as if we're not getting what is owed to us, or that we don't have enough. It often starts with comparing ourselves to others, which is the thief of joy.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It's one of the times in the year when all stop for a moment and reflect with gratitude on the year before and look with hope to the year ahead. It's a time of good food and time spent with family. This November I want us to focus in on gratitude for all that God has given us. This will start with recognizing that without those who have come before us we wouldn't have much of what is ours. The generations before us have passed to us their faith and their trust, and they put their hopes in us. We should also be thankful for the moment in which God has placed us. Like Esther, we are here for this time in the life of the church and the life of Key West. God has placed each of us together. How are we sharing our gratitude for one another? And finally, how are we being faithful to all that has been entrusted to us so that generations from now people will look back and give thanks for our generosity and faithfulness?

When we joined the church we vowed to support the church with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, and our service. How are we showing our gratitude for all that God has done in us and for us and how are we living out the vows we have made? May we each be found faithful in our work together.

Amazed by Grace,
Pastor Bridget