picture of quoteOne of my favorite quotes is from Meister Eckhart, a Christian theologian, philosopher and mystic who lived in the 13th and 14th centuries. He says this: “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is Thank You, it will be enough.” For obvious reasons (Thanksgiving!), this quote has been on my mind lately. It is a reminder of the incredible power of giving thanks. It is a reminder that giving thanks is not just an incidental part of our life of faith, it is central. The holiday season after Thanksgiving can feel like a runaway train crashing towards Christmas. Given this “runaway” feeling, it is particularly important for us to be mindful of the things we are thankful for. In this season of Advent, this season of preparing for Christ’s coming, I invite us to do more than give thanks on a single day. I invite us to make each day an opportunity to give thanks. I invite us to express our thanksgiving using both our voices and our actions.

For my part, I am thankful to be a part of our community of faith. I am thankful for all the ways we strive to Live Generously: I am thankful for the many ways we strive to care for the vulnerable of this world:

  • 1st Holiday fundraiser for Outreach partners
  • Christmas Sharing
  • PADS
  • Monthly PRC Collection
  • 12 recovery meetings hosted weekly

I am thankful that we are a community committed to having conversations that matter:

  • TED talks
  • Advent and Lenten reflections
  • Saturday bible study
  • Book Group
  • Conversations that Matter programs

I am thankful that we are a community that takes care of one another:

  • meals for families in need
  • cancer support group
  • bereavement group
  • prayer shawls
  • home communion

I am thankful for how we welcome children and youth into our community of faith:

  • Kids Club/Parents Night Out
  • All-Ages Worship
  • new formation programs
  • a soft-space in worship
  • Jr. Altar guild
  • Christmas pageants

One of the things the all-parish survey we recently took taught us is that we are a community that is doing MUCH right (a summary of the results was sent out via e-mail. If you want a copy, call 630.665.1101 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Over the past 3 years we have moved from being what the survey describes as a community in recovery to a community described as transformational. But, if you are reading this, then you are probably not surprised to hear that because you have been a part of this change. If you have been around Trinity these past few years, then you have been a part of making us become a transformative community that seeks to be a beacon of hope and compassion in the world. If you are new to Trinity, or haven’t been around, then I hope you will join us in the ongoing work of being a community passionately seeking to understand just what it means to Love God, Love Neighbor and Change the World.

What this survey reinforced for me is that WE HAVE A COMMUNITY OF FAITH WORTH SHARING WITH OTHERS!!! So, in this season where the opportunity to invite others to church is abundant, I invite you, in gratitude for our transformational community of faith, to invite someone to one of our community events before the New Year.

A list of just some of the community events you can invite someone to!

Advent Reflection and Quiet Day (12/3, 2pm-4:30pm)
A day to enjoy some peace in a busy season Christmas Sharing You could ask someone to join you in providing for a family
Advent Lessons and Carols (12/11, during 10am worship)
A chance to experience our choir at its best
Advent Lessons and Carols (12/11, during 10am worship)
A chance to experience our choir at its best
Kids Club/Parents Night Out (12/15, 5:30pm-7:30pm)
A chance for parents to enjoy a dinner out,or even to get some shopping done
Advent Brunch (12/18, following 10am worship)
Good worship followed by food and fellowship
Christmas Caroling followed by pizza (12/21, 5pm-7:00pm)
We will be singing to commuters as they come home and then enjoy a pizza party at Gino’s after
Christmas Eve Eucharist with Pageant (12/24, 4pm)
Worship and a pageant that makes the story of Jesus’s birth come alive
Christmas Eve Eucharist w/musical prelude (12/24, prelude @ 10:30pm, Eucharist @ 11pm)
worship which reminds us just what Christmas is all about.

With Love,