On October 3, 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to God our Heavenly Father” to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1864.
President Lincoln wrote, “I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.”
We are living in volatile times and there are deep divisions in our country. Can we come together in the spirit of President Lincolns appeal? Can we gather and remember the ‘widows, orphans, mourners and sufferers’?
On behalf of the Elk River Ministerial Association I invite you to the Community Wide Thanksgiving Eve worship at 7:00PM at Central. Father Mark Innocenti from St. Andrew Catholic Parish will be preaching.
An offering will be equally distributed amongst Abba Pregnancy, CAER, Great River Area Faith in Action, Great River Family Promise, Great River Young Life, Lifetree Café, Open Doors for Youth, Pilot Outreach Prison Ministry, Reel Hope and Timber Bay House.
Immediately following our community worship, you are invited to join your fellow citizens for a Pie Fest in the lobby.
In Christ’s NAME, Welcome!