As the beautiful days of November are upon us, the words of invitation of this beautiful hymn echo through the hearts and minds of God's faithful children. The invitation to worship and serve is for all times and all seasons. Some of the blessings of worship opportunities at St. Paul Lutheran are as follows:The entire month will have a focus of praise and thanksgiving.On November 6th, we came together as a church family to remember and give thanks for the wonderful brothers and sisters that we lost this year, experience Holy Communion, and lift our voices in praise with hymns such as "For All the Saints," "Holy, Holy, Holy (Santo, Santo, Santo)," and the offertory blessing rendered by Sherry Kusenberger.On November 13th, we will begin working on our song of the month, "How Great Is Our God." Our kids and youth will collect a Noisy Bucket Offering (change in your pockets), to be used for Movie Night. We will offer our praise and thanksgiving through singing songs such as "Take My Life," "Humble Thyself/Awesome God," "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High," and "Every Move I Make," a favorite of St. Paul youth, known by them as "Waves of Mercy." We will receive additional musical blessings as Matt Cohen shares his vocal and guitar talents for offertory music.November 20th will have double blessings as it is Christ the King Sunday and it has been designated as our Thanksgiving Service. The Men's Chorus will share Offertory music and we will sing favorite songs of thanksgiving such as "For the Beauty of the Earth," "Now Thank We All Our God," and "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" which is a Select a Song request. Holy Communion will also be observed.It is hard to believe, but November 27th will be the 1st Sunday in Advent when we prepare our hearts to receive the greatest gift ever: the Christ Child. Chel Terrell will share her talents in Offertory Music and we will experience the wonder of advent by singing "How Great Is Our God," "Rejoice, Rejoice Believers," and "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus." St. Paul will host the Advent Christmas Musical on the evening of November 27th at 7:00 p.m. and we invite all to come and share in the joy of the season and experience the musical talents of all of Mason's churches. Another blessing will be to taste the yummy cookies made by the ladies of St. Paul!Another evening date will be the Drive Through Luminary on December 4th from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Mason Park.These waning days of 2011 are moving all too fast, so we invite you to slow down from life's hectic pace and come, as thankful people, to take advantage of these and worship opportunities of your choice. When we count our blessings, and name them, one by one, the opportunities to live, work, raise families and worship in Mason are so very special. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving and prepare for the Season of Advent!