Camas Friends Church

A Quaker Meeting in Camas, WA

Giving Thanks this Sunday

This Sunday we are talking about thanksgiving. We will hear from people in our meeting share about things they are thankful for and we will also have with us a couple of people from one of our alcoholic anonymous groups. They will share about their work and recovery they are involved with.

In preparation for Sunday we can all be thinking about the things we are most thankful for and reflect together on what it means for us to be a church that looks like what Paul writes about below?

Here is a passage from Paul’s Letter to the Colossians that deals with thanksgiving:

“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:12-17)


  • What surprises you about what Paul has to say about thanksgiving here?
  • Does anything stand out to you that you have never noticed before?
  • What does your song, or hymn, of thanksgiving sound like?


  • List out some of the things you are thankful for, some moments, events, people, and turn it into a poem, prayer, or song.
  • Tell three people something you are thankful about them. What did you notice from that experience?
  • Leave a comment in the blog below saying something you are thankful for concerning Camas Friends.

About Wess

is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC., PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with a friend, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.


This entry was posted on November 19, 2009 by in Text of the Week.

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10:30am Coffee

10:45-12:15pm Sunday Morning Worship

11:15-12:15pm Nursery available for children 3 and under

11:30-12:15pm Godly Play for Children (ages 4 to 11) (info)

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