Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Community Thanksgiving ServicePosted: November 21, 2012
As I prepared for this evening’s Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service at the local Unitarian church, I began to reflect on why we hold these “liturgies.” It’s nice to gather, certainly, and I appreciate knowing all the local clergy. But at a completely different level, there are many good (well, 10) reasons to attend such services. Thus, I offer you my:
Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Community Thanksgiving Service
1. When else would you get to hold a bulletin emblazoned with cornucopia clip-art?
2. To prove the superior vestiture of Episcopalians (or, at what point does an abundance of polyester cassock-albs become a fire hazard?).
3. To get away from the in-laws for an hour while they dispute the ingredients of your late grandmother’s stuffing recipe.
4. To worship God in lowest common denominator form (along with several references to Mother Earth).
5. To pray that parishioners from other churches will see the light and join your congregation.
6. To enjoy seeing the area clergy being paraded around in front of the congregation like a police line-up (“Hey, you, number two Methodist; stand next to that Presbyterian and sing ‘Eagles’ Wings'”).
7. To take bets on how many times the hosting cleric will say the word “welcome.”
8. To witness hearing all the participating clergy being given a line or two (in the name of inclusion) so it feels a third grade play.
9. Since the rest of your family refuses to go it makes for a contemplative time.
10. To enjoy the post-service store-bought brownies and punch reception (a result of several unnamed Protestant denominations for whom wine is anathema).
I look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with The Great Thanksgiving tomorrow at 9:00 am. It will be most welcome.
And, finally, I bid everyone a blessed Thanksgiving (regardless of denomination!).