US thanksgiving service 2020

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US thanksgiving service 2020

Each year St Paul's hosts a US Thanksgiving service at St Paul's in the American Chapel. This year, we are unable to hold services or open for sightseeing from 5 November - 2 December due to COVID-19 restrictions in the UK. Therefore we are unable to hold the annual Thanksgiving service at St Paul's but will share a pre-recorded online service to enjoy from home. St Paul's remains open for private prayer each day from 11am to 3pm, and we will resume services and sightseeing when we are able. 

Watch our service for the US Thanksgiving on 26 November 2020. You can download an order of service as a pdf here.

Established by George Washington in 1789 and renewed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, Thanksgiving is one of the most significant and meaningful American holidays. Families and congregations gather to express gratitude for God’s blessings – liberty, peace, and prosperity. It is also a day of humility, to seek God’s forgiveness, ask for guidance, and pray that our nation and government be a blessing to all people. Many popular traditions have become associated with the day, including a turkey dinner with traditional side dishes, American football games, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
 
The First Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s was in 1958, along with the opening of the American Memorial Chapel commemorating the 28,000 American servicemen who died during WW2 while stationed in the UK, and has continued ever since. The presence of the Chapel is a physical sign of the on-going link between St Paul's and the United States; and St Paul’s offers the American community in London this special opportunity to come together at a time of their national celebration. During the service the US Ambassador greets them on behalf of the President, and together we remember our shared history. May God grant blessings to us, to our countries and all their peoples, and to all God’s children throughout the world, that we may live with thanksgiving and dwell in peace.