Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our past, acknowledge our present, and anticipate our future with hope. When I think of this holiday, I am reminded of the apostle Paul’s counsel to the Philippians: “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (4:6). Paul then adds, “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (4:8).
Presbyterians around the world are involved in ministries that are true, honorable, and just, and they’re doing it with excellence. There are many reasons to be thankful, but one thing I am especially thankful for is the commitment of the many Presbyterians serving Christ in the world. I hope the stories in this edition of Changing Lives encourage you to continue your efforts to serve Christ with thanksgiving.
Read how the Fresh Expressions movement is finding ways to put the church closer to people.
How is your church—or the churches in your area—living missionally? Submit your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
The PC(USA)’s Living Missionally initiative seeks to inspire congregations to reach out to their communities. Read more.