*This is the complete 11:15 a.m. worship service from Sunday, October 23, 2016.


Charles Dickens commented on the American holiday we celebrate in a month, that we call Thanksgiving. He said “You Americans have it backwards. You should have one day for complaining and 364 for giving thanks!” It is more than interesting that the writers of Scripture view the ‘attitude of gratitude’ as an ethical or even spiritual event. How can that be? Isn’t the act of feeling thankful simply a ‘conditioned response’ sort of thing? Isn’t it just a natural response to something when things go well? Not according to Scripture. In fact, the tremendous effect of cultivating a heart of gratitude may be one of the greatest keys to that elusive thing we crave called happiness. But just like the air we breathe every minute, this experience we call ‘gratitude’, is all around us just waiting to be pulled into our lungs.

We make the space for recognizing the goodness around us and God’s physics does the rest. Every void must be filled. I pray this morning we can ‘breathe in’ the goodness of God into our lives.

Dr. Mark Brewer
Interim Senior Pastor

You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:11-15

Living a generous life is the third step on the path to gratitude. When we are generous, God is pleased to provide for the needs of the local church such as programs and staff. But even more, our generosity allows for God to work above and beyond the local church into our community and world.