PHILIPSBURG–Under the theme “Attitude of Gratitude,” the nineteenth annual Thanksgiving Service will be held in front of the Government Administration Building on Sunday, December 3. The ecumenical service will begin at 4:00pm with Praise and Worship, said Minister of Culture Silveria Jacobs this week.
The ecumenical Thanksgiving service is an annual undertaking by the St. Maarten Christian Council, St. Maarten United Ministerial Foundation and Seventh-Day Adventist Church supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth, and Sports Affairs and the Ministry of General Affairs.
“Let us come together and be thankful for still being one people. Even though we had a tough hurricane season, we must always be thankful, because we have life,” stated Jacobs. “It is in keeping with compassion, tradition and the expression of gratitude and love and joy at the end of the hurricane season and light at the beginning of the Christmas season in particular towards the less fortunate in our community whose fabric is being destroyed by violence.
“‘Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed’: Proverbs 19:17.”
The Thanksgiving service is observed annually on the first Sunday of December, inviting people of all faiths to congregate and give thanks and gratitude to God for an uneventful hurricane season. It was decreed in 1999 by an Executive Council resolution of the former Island Territory of St. Maarten and has since become part and parcel of the annual cultural calendar of programmes and activities.
Minister Jacobs appeals to the public to come out and give thanks and praises to the Lord.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/71462-thanksgiving-service-set-for-this-sunday