I thank my God every time I remember you.
- Philippians 1:3, NIV
It dawned on me this week that our worship services recently have a common theme. On our Kirkin' of the Tartans Sunday, we remembered not only our Presbyterian heritage, but those who went as far as to give up their lives as martyrs for our Christian faith. Last week on All Saints' Sunday, we remembered those who had gone before us and were no longer with us - especially those in our church family. Next Monday is Veterans Day. This coming Sunday we will honor our veterans as we remember those who have served this country in the military, so that we might all experience freedom. All three Sundays involve remembering.
Paul is writing to the church at Philippi when he pens these words, "I thank my God every time I remember you." I want to invite us to remember those who have given in some way that has made our lives better or more meaningful. It may include those who proclaimed the faith, even to the point of it costing their lives. It may be someone whose life modeled for you some aspect of the grace of Jesus Christ. Or, it may be someone whom we tend to forget, until we are reminded of the sacrifice that person made for us.
Find time to say a prayer of thanksgiving for those people in your life. And if they are still around - find some way to reach out and tell them thank you in a personal way. I know it will mean something to that person, and it will be good for you.
On another note, each week I plan to update you on how we are doing with our "Season of Generosity" pledges for 2020. As of this past Sunday, we have received pledges of $665,748 toward our goal of $892,500 -- about 75%. Thank you to everyone who has made a pledge for 2020! If you have not had a chance to do this, please join with those who have already pledged and help us make a difference in the lives of others. Pledge cards are in the friendship pads each week, or you can do this at our website or on the church app.