Giving thanks as a community PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Religion Editor   
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 09:14
Members of Daughters of Zion perform a liturgical dance during the Community Thanksgiving Service at First Christian Church in Bowling Green. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
People from various churches joined forces Sunday night to worship at First Christian Church for the annual community Thanksgiving service.
The service was filled with speakers, scriptures and songs, all focused on giving thanks to God.
Pastor Brent Pomeroy of the host church led the prayer of invocation and the benediction, with various other Bowling Green church leaders delivering the messages and prayers between.
Pastor Amy Price, who has been at First United Methodist Church for a few months shared her story of brokenness. She quoted Psalm 107, "Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story."
She thus did, relating how her parents' divorce helped form her faith as she explained, "God is all about bringing broken things and people back together."
Though it was not easy, Price shared how she ended up being thankful for the person she has become due to the challenges she faced in a broken home.
"I encountered God in my pain," she said wondering if all the love in her life would leave but found God brought her back with "unconditional love."
She added she is now able to better connect with others who have similar and other broken experiences.
"God has constantly showed me grace and acceptance," Price said.
She told those gathered of the importance of following the directions of the psalm whether they have a dramatic story or just an average story such as hers. She said no matter the story, "You have a story, share your story and give thanks."
One of many highlights of the service was the liturgical dance to "Behold the Lord" by four dancers called Daughters of Zion.
Rev. Kristel Asmus, one of the dancers, said the group is comprised of people from different churches who have been together for many years.
Jana Metzger, left, and Barb Weaver, both part of the Dayspring Praise Team, sing during the Community Thanksgiving Service at First Christian Church in Bowling Green.
Pastor Larry Whatley, of Turning Point Community Church, compared the Israelites of the Old Testament with people today. Speaking about a passage from Deuteronomy, Whatley said the people of Israel would fall away from God, but God always called them back asking them to "Remember me," in various passages.
"He's still doing that today. He is still asking us to acknowledge him," Whatley said adding, "Remember to give him thanks for everything he has done for us and everything he's going to do for us."
Inspirational music was provided throughout the service by musicians from the host church, folk singers from St. Aloysius Catholic Church and the Dayspring Praise Team.
Pastor Steve Baney of Plain Congregational Church focused his message on rejoicing as mentioned in a reading from Philippians.
"Thanksgiving begins with rejoicing," Pomeroy said. "You must never stop living with joy at your core."
He explained that if you are filled with rejoicing there will be "no room left for anxiety."
Prayers were offered for the world, the nation and the community by other church leaders.
An offering was taken for the ministry of the Wood County Area Ministries (WAM). Don Neifer, the WAM chairman, explained, their organization like most other charitable efforts is always in need of the donation of time and talent as well as funds.
The closing hymn, "Give Thanks" was sung by all as people prepared their hearts for Thursday's holiday.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 11:12

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