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Lord of all to Thee we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise.

For the Beauty of the Earth - Hymn # 578 AMEC Hymnal

Grateful         Praise

Isaiah 52:7

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of Him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

Grateful         Praise

Give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Psalm 107:1

Dear Second Episcopal District Church Family: During this festive Season of Thanksgiving, Arelis and I are grateful for the opportunity to express our sincere thanks to God for our wonderful beloved extended family-the magnificent Second Episcopal District!

As you gather, whether near or far, with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day to enjoy good food, fellowship and the blessings of life, may we all be filled with thanksgiving for God’s blessings throughout the year.   

May this Thanksgiving season remind us that we are among the most materially blessed people on earth. Much of the world’s population can barely imagine the abundance that God has provided for us. As we celebrate and partake of God’s abundant blessings, include in our prayers the starving millions around the world; and those who are experiencing hardships from such natural disasters of hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and wild fires.   

May we thrive even more to love, obey and serve the Source of all our personal and corporate blessings. And as we pause to celebrate Thanksgiving 2018, we know that every day is a day to give thanks to God for His blessings that are beyond measure.

With thankful hearts, we remain,

James Levert and Arelis B. Davis, Servant Leaders

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In the spring of 1863 Folliott S. Pierpont (1835-1917) sat on a hilltop outside his native city of Bath, England, admiring the country view and the winding Avon River. Inspired by the view to think about God's gifts in creation and in the church, Pierpont wrote this text. "For the Beauty" helps us to thank the Lord for the beauty of creation around us; for the joyful love of family and friends; and for God's greatest gift, Christ Jesus, to whom "we raise this, our hymn of grateful praise."  Source:

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