Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Chapel

Last week, parents were invited to attend a special Thanksgiving Chapel service at Nicholas' preschool. Most of these special services involves the children singing or performing so it is really sweet. Stuart had to be at work but Rachel and I were excited to go. I got a seat on the front row so I would be sure to get some good video of Nicholas singing. However, his class ended up sitting on the side of the stage and he was in the back so my video of him during the service wasn't very good.

However, I did get some cute video of him as his class was entering and leaving the chapel. As he was walking in to the chapel, you can see him looking at the parents trying to find me. It made me smile to see his face light up as soon as he found us.

At the end of the service, you can see the real ham in him as he waved casually over his shoulder as if I were just the paparazzi following him!



Here is a Litany of Thanksgiving that was sent home from preschool:

For the good world: for things great and small, beautiful and awesome, for seen and unseen splendor;
Thank you, God.

For human life: for talking and moving and thinking together; for common hopes and hardships shared from birth until our dying;
Thank you, God.

For work to do and strength to work; for the comradeship of labor; for exchanges of good humor and encouragement;
Thank you, God.

For marriage: for the mystery and joy of flesh made one; for mutual forgiveness and burdens shared; for secrets kept in love;
Thank you, God.

For family, for living together and eating together, for family amusements and family pleasures;
Thank you, God.

For children: for their energy and curiosity; for their brave play and their startling frankness; for their sudden sympathies;
Thank you, God.

For the young: for their high hopes, for the irreverence toward worn-out values; their search for freedom; their solemn vows;
Thank you, God.

For growing up and growing old: for wisdom deepened by experience; for rest in leisure; and for time made precious by its passing;
Thank you, God.

For your help in times of doubt and sorrow, for healing our diseases, for preserving us in temptation and danger;
Thank you, God.

For the church into which we have been called: for the good news we receive by word and sacrament; for our life together in the Lord;
We praise you God.

For your Holy Spirit who guides our steps and brings us gifts of faith and love, who prays in us and prompts our grateful worship.
We praise you, God.

Above all, God, for your Son, Jesus Christ, who lived and died and lives again for our salvation, for our hope in him; and for the joy of serving him;
We thank and praise you, God our Father, for all Your Goodness to us.

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