The words of our forefathers, at the first Thanksgiving at the beginning of our nation in the midst of civil war, bowing down, stopping to remember, to give thanks to God from whom all things come beneficent author, the source the wellspring, the fountainhead from which our blessing flow a harvest, a bounty, a nation rejoicing giving thanks to the creator for all that we have, what we are as a people the dream that is America Losing that focus that centering on our God lost in the separation the walls between church and state Left with words of thanksgiving of blessings to count no mention of to whom we are thankful or from whom the blessings come Sad in this moment, when we should be singing thanking our God, our maker of all that there is, all that we are what we can achieve as a people when we are faithful to God
November 26, 2009 Call to Worship, thanking God & http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/GW/gw004.html President George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation October 3, 1789 (included in the bulletin) http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/source/sb2/sb2w.htm President Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, October 3, 1863 (read by Fred Kline, Pembroke Selectman and School Board member) both part of Pembroke – Allenstown Community Thanksgiving Service http://www.pembrokechurch.org/templates/System/default.asp?id=40672 First Congregational Church of Pembroke http://www.suncookumc.org Suncook United Methodist Church, Suncook, NH http://www.gccnh.com/ Grace Capital Church, Concord, NH http://www.catholicnh.org/directory/index.cfm?intType=1&id=72 St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Allenstown, NH http://cs.newhampshire.com/blogs/hooksett_editor/archive/2009/11/25/There-are-many-ways-to-make-the-holiday-bright.aspx Allenstown – Pembroke Interfaith Food Pantry November 25, 2009 at First Congregational Church of Pembroke http://www.pembrokechurch.org/templates/System/default.asp?id=40672 Pembroke Street Pembroke, NH & Email received 11/25/09 from President Barack Obama
“Tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, Americans across the country will sit down together, count our blessings, and give thanks for our families and our loved ones.
American families reflect the diversity of this great nation. No two are exactly alike, but there is a common thread they each share.
Our families are bound together through times of joy and times of grief. They shape us, support us, instill the values that guide us as individuals, and make possible all that we achieve.
So tomorrow, I'll be giving thanks for my family -- for all the wisdom, support, and love they have brought into my life.
But tomorrow is also a day to remember those who cannot sit down to break bread with those they love.
The soldier overseas holding down a lonely post and missing his kids. The sailor who left her home to serve a higher calling. The folks who must spend tomorrow apart from their families to work a second job, so they can keep food on the table or send a child to school.
We are grateful beyond words for the service and hard work of so many Americans who make our country great through their sacrifice. And this year, we know that far too many face a daily struggle that puts the comfort and security we all deserve painfully out of reach.
So when we gather tomorrow, let us also use the occasion to renew our commitment to building a more peaceful and prosperous future that every American family can enjoy.
It seems like a lifetime ago that a crowd met on a frigid February morning in Springfield, Illinois to set out on an improbable course to change our nation.
In the years since, Michelle and I have been blessed with the support and friendship of the millions of Americans who have come together to form this ongoing movement for change.
You have been there through victories and setbacks. You have given of yourselves beyond measure. You have enabled all that we have accomplished -- and you have had the courage to dream yet bigger dreams for what we can still achieve.
So in this season of thanks giving, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to you, and my anticipation of the brighter future we are creating together.
With warmest wishes for a happy holiday season from my family to yours,
President Barack Obama”
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