To All Ye Pilgrims
[Text of the first Thanksgiving proclamation made by Governor William Bradford of the Massachusetts Bay Colony three years after the Pilgrims settled in Plymouth. It established the first Thanksgiving as November 29, 1623]
Inasmuch as the Great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience; now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meet-house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November ye 29th, in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three, and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Plymouth Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.
“Ye Governor of Ye Colony”
Upon A National Day of Thanksgiving
[Book of Common Prayer, pgs. 78 and 79]
MOST gracious God, by whose knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew; We yield thee unfeigned thanks and praise for the return of seed-time and harvest, for the increase of the ground and the gathering in of the fruits thereof, and for all the other blessings of thy merciful providence bestowed upon this nation and people. And, we beseech thee, give us a just sense of these great mercies; such as may appear in our lives by an humble, holy, and obedient walking before thee all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all glory and honour, world without end. Amen.
MOST high and mighty Ruler of the universe, by whom our nation hath been established in freedom and preserved in union; We thank and praise thee for thy favour shown unto our fathers, and thy faithfulness continued unto their children; For the rich land given us for an inheritance, for the return of seed-time and harvest, for the increase of the ground and the gathering in of the fruits thereof, and for all the other blessings of thy merciful Providence bestowed upon this nation and people. And we humbly pray that, enjoying thy gifts of contentment, we may be enabled by thy grace to use them to thy praise. Especially we thank thee for thy great love in sending thy Son to be the Saviour of the world, and in calling us out of our sins into fellowship with him. And we beseech thee to grant us always thy Holy Spirit, through whom we may grow continually in thankfulness toward thee, as also into the likeness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
The resumption of Sunday School began on Rally Day, September 14, 2008. The annual Church/Sunday School Picnic had to be held in the Parish Hall due to rain. Everyone had an enjoyable time.
Bishop Royal U. Grote was with us on Sunday, September 28, 2008 for the annual episcopal visit. The morning services were followed by a catered luncheon in the Parish Hall. We thank the Woman’s Guild for preparing the luncheon.
Missionary of The Month
Rt. Rev. & Mrs. Gerhard Meyer (Grace) and their daughters, Esther, Melody, Jessica & Joy. Youth/Camp Pastoral Ministries. Schwarzenborn, Germany.
PLACE: St. Andrew’s Church
DATE: Saturday, November 1, 2008
TIME: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
COST: Adults - $ 6.00
Child – $ 3.00
Child – (5yrs. and under) Free
Family - $15.00
Tickets will be sold at the door. All proceeds support Missions.
Community Thanksgiving Service
Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, 6:00 p.m., St. George Catholic Church, 6707 W. 175th St., Tinley Park, IL 60477. Sponsored by the Tinley Park Ministerial Association.
Feast of St. Andrew
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Potluck luncheon in the Parish Hall following morning service.
Nov. 3 – Bishop Franklin H. Sellers
Nov. 10 – Michael Ebisi
Nov. 17 – Boyce Ashmore
Nov. 19 – Doris Sellers
Nov. 19 – Caleb Grant Arrigoni
Nov. 21 – Bryan Reagan
Nov. 28 – Stella Levi
Nov. 29 – Rev. Craig Smith
By Marion Schoeberlein
Thank You, God, for golden fields,
All the harvest of the year,
No matter where I look, it seems,
You’ve left a golden treasure here.
My table has chrysanthemums,
And honey, in a great big jar,
The autumn sun is golden, too;
Dear God, how beautiful things are.
When each Thanksgiving comes around
My friends and family are here
To share Your blessings with me now,
To say a quiet, little prayer.
The cider and the singing’s sweet,
The turkey and the pumpkin hold
Warm thoughts for everyone today;
They feel Your hug, Your smile of gold!