By Roslyn Hooper
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful’ (Colossians 4:2)
We attended the recent Service of Thanksgiving and Hope at Christ Church not knowing just what to expect. Does the Bible suggest that we simply choose to ‘look on the bright side of life’ when we’re in hard times? Is thanksgiving possible in the midst of our daily grind? Is hope more than ‘thinking positive’? Would we be hearing individual stories of happy outcomes? Or of difficulties?
The meeting was small in attendance, with a warm welcome up front from Trevor and Mandy. We enjoyed beautiful music from a group of string players and Deirdre led us in singing. Music is so integral to worship and we were well served in the choice of songs. I can’t imagine a thanksgiving service without good congregational singing.
We heard scripture read and Dave (our Senior Minister) guided us through a Psalm which spoke of God’s character and His care for people in both hardship and joy. And we prayed.
Some people remained to speak together informally after the conclusion – so much a part of church life at Christ Church. But there was no pressure to share. In all, there was a warm and supportive atmosphere.
The Thanksgiving and Hope service provides a valuable element to our church life at Christ Church. Give it a go! You will be glad you did.
Our next Service of Thanksgiving and Hope is on Thursday 31st August, 7:30pm at Christ Church. All are welcome to come, whether you have been to Christ Church before or not! Find out more.