When I heard about the annual Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving happening this evening at St. Mark’s Church, the first thing I did was look up “ecumenical” in the dictionary. (The second thing I did was admit my ignorance on a blog read by all my neighbors. What was I thinking?)
According to Merriam-Webster, ecumenical means “of, relating to, or representing the whole of a body of churches” or “promoting or tending toward worldwide Christian unity or cooperation.” And that makes sense since the Thanksgiving service is sponsored by the United Parishes of Southborough, an organization that includes the parishes of St. Mark’s, Pilgrim, St. Anne’s, St. Matthew’s, and First Community Church.
The service will be held tonight at St. Mark’s Church starting at 7:30 pm. Clergy and laity from all member churches participate. A reception with light refreshments will take place after the service. All are welcome to attend.