TLO Disciple
November 2015  --      Thankfulness  

Pastor's Message 
Dear Friends,
During November, we will commemorate our national holiday - Thanksgiving.  Originally, Thanksgiving was celebrated among the early colonists in gratitude for material blessings of a successful harvest.  This month we focus this TLO Disciple on the topic of Thanksgiving.
The New Testament, especially in Paul's letters, frequently expresses three phases of gratitude (Specific examples can be found at 1 Thessalonians 1:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:5; Philippians 1:3; Colossians 1:3; and Ephesians 1:15):
First, gratitude is an attitude in the heart.  As believers in Christ, we know God's gifts of grace, his undeserved love.  We cannot but in trust and faith, feel grateful for what God has done and continues to do for us.  For through Christ Jesus' righteous sacrifice the Holy Spirit has cleansed us from all sin in Holy Baptism and fills us with his holiness.  By the power of the Holy Spirit we respond with gratitude in our hearts and thankfulness to God.
Psalm 69:30  "I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving." 

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Our Nation's Heritage
By the President of the United States of America
Proclamation 106 - Thanksgiving Day
October 3, 1863

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict, while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. 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, tranquillity, and union.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this 3d day of October, A. D. 1863, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.

Secretary of State
TLO's Heritage
Certainly you don't need a bell to have a church, but down through the centuries, Christian churches have often had one or more bells. These bells were used to call the faithful to worship, to toll the passing of the departed, and to toll the names of confirmands. It is traditional that church bells have a name which is often a portion of scripture, a phrase from the Mass, or other religious saying.

Turns out our bell at TLO also has a name.

Cast into the bell is "Soli Deo Gloria" and the casting date "1905" in Roman Numerals. Note the unusual use of MDCCCCV instead of the more common MCMV.

Soli Deo Gloria is one of the 5 "solas" of the Reformation. It was also used by J.S. Bach (a devote Lutheran) when he signed his church compositions. Above his signature is often found "S D G" for Soli Deo gloria indicating that the work was for the glory of God alone and not for his personal gain.

For short, perhaps we can just call her Gloria.
--Submitted by Terry Stoerzinger

Media Related

A VeggieTales Classic -- Meet Madame Blueberry as she learns a lesson in thankfulness. 

Madame Blueberry  is the story of a very blue berry. Why so blue? Because she wants more stuff! Join Madame Blueberry as she learns that "being greedy makes you grumpy -- but a thankful heart is a happy heart!"

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.                                       --William Arthur Ward

Editor's note
TLO Disciple, with a topical study in each issue, is distributed primarily via email on the first of every month.  Print copies are available by contacting the TLO Church office at 651-454-7235 or the Church Office via email.

Calendars, volunteer information, serving groups and the like will accompany the TLO Together, on the last Wednesday of the month.  This issue is also mailed upon request.

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