Happy Thanksgiving 2011
November 2011 On an annual basis we join with our friends and neighbors representing the many and varied faith traditions found here in The Woodlands.This gathering in which we express our thanksgiving to a higher power is called Faiths Together.This year our annual service will take place at the newly constructed Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 25623 Richards Road, Spring, TX 77386 on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 @ 7:30 PM. Each year the Faiths Together service committee creates a worship experience where we can learn and teach from the traditions each of our participating congregations represent.The theme of this year’s service is: “Stories from our Past”. Judaism has a rich collection of what we traditionally call Midrash.We have two types of literature we call Midrash.One is legalistic (hallachah) and the other is legendary (aggadah).In legalistic Midrash there is primarily an explanation of a Mitzvah, a commandment given by God, which we are expected to observe.A legendary Midrash is an attempt to teach a value primarily via a story in attempt to explain the text or to fill in missing parts that might be absent from the text itself.For example, in the early verses of Genesis we read about the line between Adam and Eve and their sons.The only information the Torah provides is a long list of names of who begot whom until we come to the generation of Noah.A legendary Midrash would offer a missing detail about a few individuals in that long line of transition where we do not find such material in the Torah itself. The Midrash from the Jewish tradition our congregation will share with our non-Jewish friends is one the accounts of how Abraham left the idolatry of his upbringing and embraced the concept of monotheism.Various faith communities will share some of their own religious stories both in word and song as we worship together to express our thanks for the ability to worship freely in this wonderful community and this beautiful land. We hope many members from CBSW will join in the collection of congregations and faith communities on November 15.Please search the internet or your GPS for specific directions to the church which is located just east of !-45 off Rayford Road. Happy Thanksgiving.