Writing from a German prison cell in 1944 for resisting the Nazi regime, theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer experienced gratitude, a new sense of humility and dependence on the gifts of others, more profoundly than ever before. “In normal life,” he says, “one is not all aware that we always receive infinitely more than we give, and that gratitude is what enriches life. One easily overestimates the importance of one’s own acts and deeds, compared with what we become only through other people.” Join us Sunday, November 24 at 7:00 p.m. at First Christian Church-Newport (115 Rose Road) for this year’s Newport Community Thanksgiving Celebration. The Rev. Morris Fleischer, pastor of Newport-Mt. Olivet UMC, will be offering the message, “A Deeper Gratitude,” based on Philippians 4:4-9. Our service will include an offering for the Newport Emergency Fund that has been assisting local families and individuals in need since 1976.
Philippians 4:4-9 (NRSV)
4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.