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What's Going On
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
12 Abrahamic faith leaders gathered on Tuesday, Nov. 24th, to participate in a service of thanks to God. Joining Bishop...Read More
Good evening. It is good to be with all of you as we begin this 199th Convention of the Diocese of Ohio, and I am grateful to...Read More
Presiding Bishop on Syrian...
“Be not afraid!” November 18, 2015 Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry addresses the current Syrian...Read More
Message from the Bishop
Bishop Announces Communications Director
I am pleased to announce that Jessica Rocha has accepted my invitation to join the Bishop’s Staff as Director of Communications beginning December 7. Jessica will be responsible for all communications with the congregations and communicants of this Diocese, with The Episcopal Church, and with the wider community. In addition to publishing Church...Read More
Bishop Allende's sermon at Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
“God is our Refuge and Strength”
Bishop Abraham D. Allende
Northeastern Ohio Synod, ELCA
November 24, 2015
What is it that we celebrate every fourth Thursday in November?
Although our celebration of Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday per se, for thousands of years, human communities have observed harvest festivals that have a religious origin. Several of the annual celebrations described in the Hebrew Scriptures were previously harvest festivals onto which the Israelites layered their tribe's historical memories.
In 1621 in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, the pilgrims held an autumn harvest festival a year after their arrival on the Mayflower.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln called for a national day of Thanksgiving, in hopes that such a festival might bring some unity between North and South.
In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt declared the fourth Thursday in November to be a national Thanksgiving holiday.
But now, in contrast to 4500 years ago, this has become a national day of feasting and family, and football; but not so much to come to worship to thank God. (read more)