122 East 88th Street
New York, NY 10128
The Bible Lessons:
Deuteronomy 8:7-18; Psalm 65
2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Luke 17:11-19
Dear Members and Friends of Immanuel Lutheran Church,
I am asking Vicar Caleb Douglas to preach our Thanksgiving Eve sermon. Neither he nor I wrote the sermon. Rather, it was preached long ago, back in 1962, by my dear old pastor Rev. Raymond Shaheen, of blessed memory. I have edited the sermon a bit and asked Vicar Caleb to preach it. For me, it is like two old preachers passing on preaching to a young one.
Choir member Juli Borst plans to be with us to help with the singing, which includes “America the Beautiful.” This past Sunday evening I attended the annual “Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration” at Temple Shaaray Tefila on 79th Street and Second Avenue. The service ended with the singing of that hymn, and it was a moving thing to be part of that large interfaith congregation singing of brotherhood:
O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain
For purple mountains’ majesty above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed his grace on thee
And crowned thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.
So we mean to sing it too. “America! America! God shed his grace on thee.”
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.