Thursday, November 25, 2010


What would PETA say? Happy Thanksgiving of course!

PRESS:(From "Inside Catholic") Sing a New Song with Your Lives: The New Edition of the Roman Missal
Most Rev. James D. Conley

And our Interfaith Thanksgiving Service this past Tuesday:

Temple Beth Israel
892 Cherry Street
Macon, Georgia 31201

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Seven O’clock
Temple Beth Israel
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Mulberry Street United Methodist Church

Hymn - We Gather Together Choir & Congregation
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
You chasten and hasten Your will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing,
Sing praises to God’s name: You forget not Your own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining Your kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
You, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine.

We all do extol you, O Leader triumphant,
And pray that you still our Defender will be.
Let your congregation escape tribulation:
Your Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

Words of Welcome Rabbi Laurence Schlesinger, Temple Beth Israel

Responsive Reading—Psalm 100 Simon Becker/Congregation

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!

Come into his presence with singing!
Acknowledge that the Lord is God.

He made us and we are His,
His people, His beloved flock.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
His courts with praise;
Give thanks to Him,
Bless His name!

For the Lord is good,
His love is everlasting,
His faithfulness for all generations.

Hymn—How Good it Is Choir & Congregation

How good it is to thank the Lord;
to praise your name, O God Most High;
To tell your kindness through the day,
Your faithfulness when night draws nigh.

With joyous psalms and with the harp,
Will I Your marvels gladly sing;
Your works have made my heart rejoice,
I triumph in Your work, my King!

Like stately palm the righteous thrive,
As cedar fair they flourish free
In God’s own house; God’s courts alone
Their dwelling place and home shall be.

Still, in old age, ripe fruit they bear,
Verdant and fresh they still remain
To prove that God, my Rock of Help,
God’s righteousness does ever maintain.

2010 Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation Glenn Rosen, President Temple Beth Israel

Hymn—Now Thank We All Our God Choir & Congregation

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers' arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

Responsive Reading—Give Thanks Unto God Danielle Schlesinger/Congregation

O give thanks unto God who alone does great wonders
God’s loving kindness endures forever.

Sing unto God with thanksgiving;
Sing praise upon the harp unto our God;
God covers the heavens with clouds,
God prepares rain for the earth,
And makes the mountains to be green with grass.

God makes your borders peaceful,
And gives you the fat of the wheat in plenty.

God is good to the earth and waters it
With rivers that are full of water.

God makes the earth soft with showers,
And blesses the ground thereof.

God crowns the year with goodness,
And showers the earth with rich bounties.

The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
And the hills are girded with joy
The meadows are clothed with flocks;
The valleys also are covered over with corn;
They shout for joy, yea, they sing.

Our garners are filled to overflowing with all manner of store;
Our flocks increase by thousands in our fields.

There is no attack and no enslavement,
And no cry of distress in the broad places.

Blessed be our God
For the precious gifts of heaven;
For the precious gifts of the earth,
And the fullness thereof; praise our God.

May God give us of His abundance,
And establish the work of our hands.

Scripture - Deut. 8:6-14 Phil Dodson

Therefore keep the commandments of the Lord your God; walk in His ways and revere Him. For the Lord Your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with streams and springs and fountains issuing from plain and hill; a land of
wheat and barley, of vines, figs, and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey; a land where you may eat food without stint, where you will lack nothing; a land whose rocks are iron and from whose hills you can mine copper.
When you have eaten your fill, give thanks to the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.
Take care lest you forget the Lord Your God and fail to keep His commandments, His rules, and His laws, which I enjoin upon you today. When you have eaten your fill, and have built fine houses to live in, and your herds and flocks
have multiplied, and your silver and gold have increased, and everything you own has prospered, beware lest your heart grow haughty and you forget the Lord your God—who freed you from the land of Egypt, the house of bondage.

Sermon - “Giving Thanks in All Things” Rev. Tommy Martin, Mulberry Street United Methodist Church

Hymn - God of Might Choir & Congregation

God of might, God of right,
Thee we give all glory;
Thine all praise in these days,
As in ages hoary,
When we hear, year by year,
Freedom’s wondrous story.

Now as erst, when Thou first
Made the proclamation,
Warning loud every proud,
Every tyrant nation, We Thy fame still proclaim,
Bowed in adoration.

Be with all who in thrall
To their tasks are driven;
By Thy power speed the hour
When their chains are riven;
Earth around will resound
Joyful hymns to heaven.

Prayer of Thanksgiving Father Allan J. McDonald, St. Joseph Catholic Church

Benediction - Y’varechecha Clergy

Concluding Song - God Bless America Choir & Congregation

God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the praries,
To the oceans, white with foam,
God bless America, My home sweet home.
God bless America, My home sweet home.

Participating in Worship

Temple Beth Israel
Rabbi Larry Schlesinger

St. Joseph Catholic Church
Father Allan J. McDonald

Mulberry Street United Methodist Church
Rev. Tommy Martin, Senior Pastor

Friends of Temple Beth Israel Choir
Anne Roesel
Adam Lockamy
Susan Pavoni
Lynn Waggoner
Joe Kraft
Jacob Kraft
Matthew Kraft
Lisa Willet
Ian Underwood
Joel T. Peed
Lori DeMello
Organist: Nelda Chapman
Rehearsal Pianist: Anne Armstrong

Thanksgiving Offering
Tonight’s offerings/contributions will be donated to Macon Outreach, housed at Mulberry United Methodist Church, that addresses physical and spiritual hunger, enhances human dignity, and offers hope for the future to disadvantaged people in our local community. At the conclusion of the service you are invited to place your donation to this sacred cause in baskets held by the ushers at each door.


SqueekerLamb said...

Will you post your sermon again this year?
We'd love to read it!

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Actually the Methodist pastor preached this year, next year the Jewish Rabbi preaches but St.Joseph Church will host. I offered the prayer this year. (Fr. Justin preaches the Thanksgiving Mass this morning). But here is the prayer I offered this past Tuesday:

Blessed are you Lord, God of all Creation. Through your goodness, you bring us together in prayer and thanksgiving.

You have no need of our praise, yet our desire to thank you is itself your gift. Our prayer of thanksgiving adds nothing to your greatness, but enables us to grow in your divine love.

You have made us in your own image and set us over the whole earth. You chose a people to be your very own and gave them a destiny rooted in your Covenantal love.

When you brought them out of bondage to freedom they carried with them the promise of your faithfulness.

Along with your Chosen People, others too are your adopted sons and daughters. To them too you offer the promise of your Covenantal love.

Together as your chosen and adopted people and gifted with your goodness, we work for unity, care for the sick, feed the hungry, assist the poor and seek peace and justice. In all of this we rely on the resources you have given us, the good earth, and the bounty of the land and the nourishment of food and drink and the fellowship we have with one another that strengthens us in your love and enables us to respond to your commands.

Lord, God our Creator and Father, we thank you for the power of your Law that takes flesh in our hearts and through your Spirit makes all things new. Thank you for your many blessings and your unfailing help that enables us to respond to your eternal covenant of love forever and ever. Amen.

SqueekerLamb said...

The first official national Thanksgiving, 1789 proclamed by President George Washington.
this country was not founded on the prinicpal of avoiding God in public and governmental discourses, contrary to popular thinking these days.
(the spelling is the original)

General Thanksgiving
By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America
WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houfes of Congress have, by their joint committee, requefted me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK

THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to eftablifh a form of government for their safety and happiness:

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and affign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of thefe States to the fervice of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our fincere and humble thanksfor His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the fignal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpofitions of His providence in the courfe and conclufion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have fince enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to eftablish Conftitutions of government for our fafety and happinefs, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are bleffed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffufing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleafed to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in moft humbly offering our prayers and fupplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and befeech Him to pardon our national and other tranfgreffions;-- to enable us all, whether in publick or private ftations, to perform our feveral and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a bleffing to all the people by conftantly being a Government of wife, juft, and conftitutional laws, difcreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all fovereigns and nations (especially fuch as have shewn kindnefs unto us); and to blefs them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increafe of fcience among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind fuch a degree of temporal profperity as he alone knows to be beft.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand feven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

Source: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789

Back to The Thanksgiving Proclamation

Gene said...

Yes, Lamb...and it is quite instructive to contrast Washington's Proclamation and the founding of our nation with what was going on in France in the very same year. Yet, fools that we are, we persist in our Euro-philia. Europe has brought us the French Revolution and the Terror, Henry VIII, Cromwell, Napolean, Mussolini, Hitler, two World Wars, Socialism, economic collapse, nihilism, the Berlin Wall,and the metric system. All this for the Louvre, the autobahn,and flashy cars. I don't know...go figure.