Nov. 24, 2016

Dear Hyde Park Family,

On this day when we gather with family and friends in a spirit of thankfulness, I offer you these two selections. The first is a poem by the great e.e. cummings, whose trademark playfulness with punctuation and grammar is evident in this immersive description of a life centered in gratitude to God. The second is a prayer of thanksgiving, adapted from the Book of Common Prayer, which is suitable for use at your Thanksgiving gathering.

“i thank You God for most this amazing”
by e.e. cummings

i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any-lifted from the no
of all nothing-human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

A Thanksgiving Prayer
(adapted from the Book of Common Prayer)

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you’ve done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for our successes, which satisfy and delight us – but also for the disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ – for the truth of his Word and the example of his life.

We thank you for his dying, through which he overcame death – and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your Kingdom.

God, may we – at all times and in all places – give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

On behalf of the staff and lay leadership of Hyde Park United Methodist, I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving! And see you this Sunday for the start of another blessed Advent season!

Grace and Peace,

Magrey CC

The Rev. Magrey deVega
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist

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