New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Thanksgiving attitude centralto Biblical spirit
By REV. HAROLD H. ZIRKEL First United Methodist Church
Thanksgiving is one of the very few holidays which began as a secular holiday to be accepted and incorporated into the life of the church.
Most of the time it is the other way around. Holy days of the church have been made to be secular holidays, such as Christmas and Easter. The celebration of Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday begain in 1864 with a proclamation by the President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. This day, of course, was set aside to commemorate the feast of thanksgiving which the Pilgrim settlers shared with the Indians in 1621.
Even though Thanksgiving Day itself did not originate as a holy day in the church calendar, the attitude of gratitude is certainly central to the spirit of scripture. The Bible is full of expressions of praise, adoration, and thanksgiving. Especially in the Psalms do we find many words of thanksgiving, such as in Psalm IOO:
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands!
Serve the IiOrd with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the liord is God!
It is He that made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him, bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
His steadfast love endures for ever,
and His faithfulness to all generations.
Within the New Testament there is an atmosphere of thanksgiving, and Paul implores his listeners, "Be thankful in all things." After all, the news of God’s salvation in Christ is the best news ever received.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. John 3:16,17
When we realize that it is the mission of Jesus "to give us the Kingdom," and that He came to give us life abundant and life eternal, we can not help but be thankful. We are indeed His people, the sheep of His pasture. liet us rejoice and be glad.
In addition to this joyous Gospel News, we have so much for which to be thankful. As a nation, we are uniquely blessed: in resources, in heritage, in ideals, in all of the joys of freedom.
There are days in all of our lives which are really "downers " We are so much aware of our problems and needs and compare that list with a list of our blessings, we realize that the blessings far exceed the negatives of life. The advice given in an old hymn is good — "Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your blessings, see what God has done."Religious focus
Friday, November 25,1983 5A
Year of Bible declared
In February President Ronald Reagan signed the official proclamation designating 1983 as the Year of the Bible
In taking this action, the President and Congress desired to have the United States stop to contemplate the importance and effect the Bible has had on this country both historically and spiritually.
New Braunfels Mayor O.A. Stratemann. Jr., signed a similar proclamation on Nov. 22.
The members of the local committee for the Year of the Bible are Mrs. Kay Couch, local coordinator;
Dr Hylmar Karbach; Dr and Mrs Stephen Ousley ; Miss Loretta Henk; and Dr Enc I .andron)
The committee's primary objective has been to inform pastors and congregations, and to bring about a general awareness of the Year of the Bible through correspondence, radio coverage and posters
The long range goal of Year of the Bible is to encourage every one to read and study the Bible with renewed interest and vigor
First Presbyterian Church is located at 272 S. Krueger
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Leaders propose disassociating from nuclear culture
By JERRY SCHWARTZ Associated Proas
NEW YORK — A group of religious leaders who visited Europe’s nuclear hotspots asks. What if every U S. church declared itself a nuclear-free zone, and then "twinned" itself with an overseas church that did the same?
There would be no air-raid shelters in buildings that bear the cross or the Star of David, says the Rev. Paul Mayer. The churches, he says, would be ' disassociating themselves from the whole nuclear culture "
And Mayer, convener (rf the Mobilization for Survival’s religious task force, which organized the trip to Europe, says the gesture would also affirm something he learned on the tour last month. "We are in fact one human family, faced with one
Vatican suggests payments for work at home by parents
"Trips like ours help create a larger sense of the universality of the issue — it doesn't stop at human borders." said Rabbi David Saperstetn. head of the Religious Action Center of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations
Saperstetn and four others went to England, while eight others went to West Germany or Italy. They joined disarmament rallies, news conferences and worship services, speaking out against the NATO deploy ment (rf U S. cruise and Pershing 2 missiles in the countries they visited
Despite their efforts, the first cruise nussiles — what Mayer calls "these awful instruments of death" — were shipped to England this month, and the West German Parliament has approved the deploy ment of Pershing 2 missiles in that country
VATICAN CITY <AP) - The Vatican says parents should not be forced to have small families and suggests they be paid to stay home and raise their children.
In a charter of family rights issued Thursday, the Vatican also urged rich nations not make birth-control programs a condition for aid to poor countries and said parents have the right to supervise their children’s sex education
Archbishop Edouard Gagnon, acting president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, said a special study group worked three years to prepare the document.
It was the first time the Holy See had "addressed itself to the international community with a document of this type," Gagnon said. adding it was not intended to impose the Roman Catholic church’s views on anyone
The 3,500-word charter called attempts
by societies to impose limits on family size a "grave offense against human dignity and justice." It mentioned no country by name.
Several countries such as China and India are trying to reduce their exploding birthrate by economic incentives and penalties that encourage smaller families.
The charter also asserted that mothers should not have to work outside the home. It advocated payment for parents who remain home with their children — but it did not suggest how such payments might be made.
Several countries indirectly subsidize homemakers with tax allowances for children and with paid maternity leave. Spain, an overwhelmingly Roman Catholic nation, provides subsidies for children until
The charter reiterated Vatican condemnation of abortion, divorce and genetic experimentation not aimed at correcting major birth defects.
In another development Thursday, the Vatican's secretary of state, Italian Cardinal Agostino Casaroli, said Washington and the Vatican have made progress toward re-estabushing diplomatic relations broken more than a century ago.
The U.S. Senate voted unanimously in September to permit re-estabUshment of diplomatic ties, cut in 1868 when the pope lost possession of areas of Italy known as the papal states.
Sponsors of the measure, which has not been approved by the House of Representatives, cited “the courageousness of Pope John Paul II" and his support of human rights.Worship at the church of your choiceLocal.
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