I have been composing the annual Thanksgiving letter in my brain for weeks. Every time that I begin to compose it, Philippians 1:3-6 comes to my mind.
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
We have walked together through an incredible year. I am afraid to begin naming each person who has stepped up to help the church and serve God during this crazy year because I am sure that I will miss someone and I also know that I will need many pages to document the incredible work that you have done. Thank you.
Thank you for your creativity in dealing with the many challenges that we have faced. Thank you for the way you have used technology to be able to create worship services together and meetings where we can make impactful decisions for the good of the church. Thank you for your faithful financial support and service to keep the church active in ministry during a pandemic. Thank you for your constant pursuit and actions for justice. Thank you for the many things that I can’t even begin to name.
I also have the confidence that we will build upon the creativity, resilience, and community that we have found within us during this time that will make us a stronger and better church once this pandemic is over.
I am thankful for you and so many things. Thank you.
I pray that you have a safe and memorable Thanksgiving.