Thanksgiving as a national holiday is still a month away. Yet the heart of our worship this coming Sunday, as every Sunday, is the Great Thanksgiving. That’s what the Book of Common Prayer calls the entire second half of the Holy Eucharist, the communion service—the Greek root eucharistia meaning, literally, “thanksgiving.”
Thanksgiving flows into and radiates from our worship. It’s at the heart of Christian living, energizing us to live as faithful stewards of all we’ve been given. And that meaning comes into focus especially through these weeks leading up to All Saints’ Sunday, Nov. 7, when we’ll gather pledges—yours and mine—to support our cathedral ministries. And especially, to further our outreach to the many in need in our local community and beyond.
We are an endowed congregation, meaning that the generous giving of our forebears has freed us from many of the usual constraints of institutional maintenance. Now we can give to realize the dream of Psalm 126, appointed for this Sunday—to give not for our own subsistence or enrichment, but to “restore the fortunes” of the unfortunate, to bring some measure of joy to those whose lot is “sowed with tears.”
Join us in worship as we celebrate that “the Lord has done great things for us.” Join us in giving so that others also may “reap with songs of joy.”
—The Rev. Canon Tom Kryder-Reid