For many Americans, the Thanksgiving meal includes seasonal dishes such as roast turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. But the holiday feast actually dates back to November 1621, when the newly arrived Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians gathered at Plymouth for an autumn harvest celebration, and to thank God for His blessings upon them all.
That first year, the early American colonists and the native people of America worked together to survive the difficult winter. Their prayers went up for God’s protection. And although many died that first winter, the colony was going to survive and continue. God answered their prayers.
Thanksgiving is a special holiday to thank God for His salvation and the many blessings in our lives. Today, we are reminded that people from every walk of life are brought together by the Spirit of God in Christ to support one another. Let us celebrate the grace of Christ in our lives and show our gratefulness this year at Thanksgiving by worshiping our Lord and Savior.
Charleston Presbyterian and Charlestowne Southern Methodist are inviting the community to join us for a Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 19th at 11:00AM. Please call the church office (843) 437-8219 (CPC) or (843) 766-9405 (CSMC) for more details. We would love to have you and your family as our guests and to celebrate Thanksgiving together with us. May the Lord bless you and your family abundantly.
Charleston Presbyterian Church is holding “A Service of Wholeness and Healing,” on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 6:00PM
When a church makes sincere efforts to intercede and pray for the needs of its congregation and the needs of people outside the church walls, the very first thing that we can notice is just how numerous and varied the needs of God’s people are. Secondly, another result of intercessory prayer is that there are many victories and healings in people’s lives. Therefore when God answers our prayers, we must not attribute our victories to blind luck or medical sources alone, but to God’s power and gracious will. It is God Who ultimately decides to heal us through whatever means He chooses. And so the prescription for healing of various types is clearly of divine origin and obviously intended for us to hear in the Bible. The epistle of James makes it clear what our responsibilities are as people who need healing, “Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (James 5:13-16)
We will have the elders of CPC here to pray over you, and we will anoint you with oil in the name of the Lord and ask for God’s tender mercies and His forgiveness to be upon all of us.