From the Pastor's Pen


A Message from Pastor David Williamson

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        Unpacking boxes, I came across some postcards I bought about a dozen years ago when my wife, son, and I spent a week on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.  One day while we were there, we took a drive west to Plymouth, where the Pilgrims came ashore, and to Plimouth Plantation, an historical recreation of the Pilgrims' settlement.

       The people who sailed here on the Mayflower were separatists.  Unlike the Puritans (who arrived later), the Pilgrims believed that the Church of England was far too secularized and corrupt to "purify," so they came to America, not seeking religious freedom (William Penn's model), but an opportunity to establish "a city on a hill" (Matthew 5:14).

       It didn't take long to realize that these United Church of Christ ancestors of ours had come to the New World woefully unprepared.  One man brought a trunk full of shoes; another brought a rather impressive library.  On the other hand, there was a very few farming or building tools in their luggage.

       The result was a disaster.  During that first winter in the New World, the Pilgrims lost half of their company to death.  Many died of illness; others, from starvation or the cold.

       Yet their faith in God was so strong that, when the Mayflower's crew prepared to set sail in April 1621 and offering free passage back to England for any who wanted to leave, not one Pilgrim went.  The colony went on to thrive and grow as their entrepreneurial spirit took hold.

       To remind themselves of God's bounty, the Pilgrims and many of their descendants have placed five kernels of corn on their plates, a vivid symbol of their daily ration of food at one point during the first winter.

       Our nation is embroiled yet again in political acrimony and social turmoil.  And if the truth be told, most of us get pretty hot under the collar about some things in our lives.  It's easy  for us to take for granted all we have already, to forget that we have been mightily blessed, and to be consumed by worry (see Matthew 6:25-34).

       So this Thanksgiving, I invite you to put five kernels or corn on the plates of everyone you'll be dining with (even if it's just you), count your blessings, rejoice that Christ is with us (Matthew 1:23), and look ahead to the plans God has for you and for this, His church (Jeremiah 29:11).

       I hope to see you in church each Sunday this month, and on Tuesday, November 21st, for our Thanksgiving service at 7pm.  Be sure to invite a friend or two to join you!


Yours in Christ,


~~~Pastor David Williamson












































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