Letter to the Editor: To the Marco Island Clergy Association

Rabbi Edward Maline, President, Pastor Thomas McCulley, Pastor Kevin Koenig, Reverend Kyle Bennett, Father Tim Naven, Soloist Hari Jacobsen; soloist and guitarist Craig Greusel and organist Lorna Curtis.

Kudos and thanks to all of you for arranging, leading and participating in the celebration of a historic Thanksgiving and Hanukkah held at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, Nov. 27. The presentations by the clergy were informative, inspirational and carefully researched and effectively delivered. It was exciting to see the blazing of the lighted candles on the Menorah commemorating the rededication of the temple. Singing of the traditional Thanksgiving hymns, “We Gather Together” and “Come Ye Thankful People,” by the audience as well as the organist’s prelude and postlude, “Now Thank We All Our God, by J.S. Bach began and concluded an uplifting ecumenical evening. It was a delight to be introduced to the song, “Light One Candle” sung by soloist, Hari Jacobsen. “Give Me Your Tired Your Poor,” sung by Craig Greusel, with wonderful accompaniment by Lorna Curtis was beautiful and exhilarating. Delicious refreshments served following the service provided an opportunity for guests to mingle, reflect upon and share this unique evening.

My husband and I, along with our friends who attended were blessed beyond expectation. We are grateful that you gave the audience an opportunity with the free will offering to contribute to the victims of the Philippine disaster. We look forward to upcoming events which the association plans to present.

Cindy Anderson

Marco Island

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MIOCENE (Inactive) writes:

God either caused or ALLOWED the Christian Philippines to be ravaged by a typhoon; and now the faithful sing:
“Come Ye Thankful People“ and “Now Thank We All Our God”.

I wonder if they sang the same songs in the Philippines as the bodies rotted n the fields.
You know? I’ll bet they did.

There is no doubt that religion is a mental disorder; wrapped neatly by the clergy in a package of power and/or money; and cloaked in a veil of morality; all of it to offset man’s fear of death and the thought of oblivion. That’s why the survivors always follow the aftermath of any disaster with the words: “thank god”. Any suffering that god causes or allows is better then oblivion; so let’s not upset the “lord” by showing displeasure with his “ways”.

Only a mental disorder could prevent the faithful from realizing that of the hundreds of poets, philosophers, writers and historians who lived during the time of Jesus; along with the correspondence of average citizens throughout the Empire; there is no mention of Jesus the “miracle worker“; or for that matter of Jesus at all.

Very odd for a man-god who supposedly strolled the countryside healing everything from leprosy to the blind.


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