A Celebration of Thanksgiving – TAM visits Manchester (CT) Citadel
Members of the Arts Ministries Team were blessed to be part of the Manchester Citadel Thanksgiving weekend. It began with “A Celebration of Thanksgiving” on Saturday night.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
After an afternoon of technical rehearsals with the Corps A/V crew, Peggy and Gerry Perrett, the 8 members of the TAM team joined with the Band and Songsters for the annual concert. It was a night of variety; band marches, soaring choral numbers, drama, and even a bit of tap dancing on an improvised floor – a round table top! Congregation and program participants alike were encouraged as they thanked God for his goodness and faithfulness. Songster Leader and TAM Pianist Karen Krinjak then opened her home to the team AND all the members of the Band and Songsters and their families! What a night of good food and fellowship as we literally “rubbed elbows with”so many!
Sunday morning brought us more offerings of music and a combined number; a beautiful vocal solo, “This Day” featuring Carol Jaudes, dance by Kathryn Higgins and piano accompaniment by Karen Krinjak. This lead to a time of study and meditation as Corps Officer Major Asit George guided us through the following scripture-
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come,and from the seven spirits[a] before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
7 “Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen.
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
As Major told a bit of his story of becoming a US Citizen, we were reminded, as citizens of HIS Kingdom, we are to represent God and our Savior Jesus by striving to lead a Holy life.
Following the service, and a lingering time of handshakes and hugs, we loaded our equipment and luggage and began our short two-hour trip back to the greater NY/NJ area. While we didn’t agree which route would present the least traffic on a Sunday afternoon, we ALL agreed we were grateful to have been part of this “Celebration of Thanksgiving”.