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A MOMENT WITH PASTOR LUKE

Don’t blink!

No seriously, if you blink you might miss Thanksgiving! Already, I see houses with Christmas decorations and lights. Already, I hear Christmas music playing, and Christmas movies being advertised. Already, advertisers are trying to show me how easy it is to buy some things on my wish list before next Friday. It’s almost as if this coming Thursday there is no holiday.

I don’t think it’s a conspiracy that Thanksgiving gets overlooked as just a meal. and not a season unlike Christmas which starts to infringe upon every other season with zero regard. I think Thanksgiving gets overlooked because, quite frankly, we are bad at being thankful. We think acknowledgment and a clap is enough to show our thankfulness, which is why I believe Thanksgiving is relegated more towards a meal than a day and season. So how might we flip the script in a year that has tried its best to prevent us from giving thanks? I think Psalm 118 gives us our answer. 

Psalm 118 is a psalm/prayer/song all about Thanksgiving. The psalm is rooted in the character of God, but shows us how we can celebrate Thanksgiving differently through two key points.

  1. Answered Prayer

The Psalmist says, “from my distress I called upon the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me in a large place” (v5). How beautiful is it that the God of the universe hears our prayers when we pray and draws near to us? The psalmist then goes on to describe the tumultuous situation they were in, but yet speaks about how God helped them within their trial and became their song, strength, and ultimately salvation.

  1. The Cornerstone of Thanksgiving

The Psalmist then turns attention to a cornerstone, and because of this cornerstone, there is delight and rejoicing. A cornerstone is the stone that holds the weight of everything else. The reason God is able to draw near to us is because of the work of Christ. This is why when we pray, we pray in the name of Jesus. Because His work has bridged the gap. He is given to us as the answer to our prayers. It is because of God’s everlasting love for us that He gave His only son. Because of the work of Jesus, we get to go through seasons differently. 

It is this holiday season that we have the opportunity to reflect on how God has drawn near to us in times past, delivered us in times past, and ultimately how we will be able to be near to God for eternity because of the work of Christ. So this Thanksgiving, while around a table, or in the living room, or wherever you might find yourself on Thursday, take some time and pray a prayer of thanksgiving—reflecting on the God that is so good to us—and through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, draws near to us. Even in a year like 2020.

Happy Sabbath Church!

Pastor Luke

EVENTS

Prayer Line EVERY Night @ 8 pm: Phone 515-603-3162; Passcode 960362# (Send any prayer request to aetichy@att.net)

Every Sabbath: Vespers @ 6 PM
Every Monday: Men's Gospel Community @ 7 PM
Every Wednesday: Loops of Love @ 7 PM

Dec 5: Christmas Vespers Concert 6-8 pm
Dec 12: Children's Christmas Play 11 am
Dec 19: Church Christmas Party 7-9 pm

The Alpharetta Church is pleased to announce that our Kid’s Sabbath Schools are back! There will be two Children’s Division classes that meet in the Fellowship Hall at 10 am each Sabbath beginning tomorrow, Nov 21. Ages 12 and under will meet on one side, ages 13 and up will meet on the other side with a divider between the classes. Social distancing and masks are strongly encouraged for everyone’s safety. Welcome back!

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CLOTHING DRIVE
During this season of giving, we are partnering with the Forsyth County public school system to meet needs of disadvantaged elementary and high school students. We will be collecting jackets, shoes, pants, shirts, etc. Please contact Barbara Ratterree for more information at: 404-358-3618 or bratterree485@gmail.com

WORTHY FAMILY PROJECT
We are adopting Chastity Hogan and her family for Christmas. They are the ones who lost their home to a fire in September. Please contact Barbara Ratterree for more information at: 404-358-3618 or bratterree485@gmail.com

Christmas Vespers Concert Dec 5, 2020
ASDAC COVID SAFETY POLICY

SABBATH SCHOOL AND WORSHIP SERVICE INFO

Our streaming Adult Sabbath School & Worship Service is presented LIVE at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, on our YouTube page each Sabbath. Gather the family and tune in for a special time of worship, prayer, praise, inspiration and relevant teaching with your Alpharetta church family, and enjoy the Sabbath!

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