Approximately 90 worshippers joined together in a joyous Interfaith Thanksgiving service on Tuesday, November 26th at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Paradise Valley. Beth Ami Temple members joined members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Palo Cristi Presbyterian Church as well as representatives of the Sikh Community and the Muslim Community. Leaders of each of the faiths stressed the values we all have in common with each other.
Front Row (left to right): Dr. Jaswant Singh Sachdev (Sikh Community), Pastor Linda Worsnup (Palo Cristi Presbyterian), Deacon Connie Rose-Kamprath (Gloria Dei Lutheran)
Back row: (left to right): Pastor Brent Maxwell (Gloria Dei Lutheran), Asra Hussain (Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona), Ahmad Abdul-Quadir (Muslim Community), Cantorial Soloist Mike Robbins (Beth Ami)
The beautiful service contained a number of inspiring moments, and at least two deserve special mention:
- Cantorial Soloist Mike Robbins of Beth Ami Temple led the choir of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in an exquisite arrangement of Hinei Mah Tov (Psalm 133) by Erik Contzius . To listen to the performance, please click/press here.
- Ahmad Abdul-Quadir shared the Adhan, the traditional Muslim Call to Prayer, followed by an explanation given by Azra Hussain.
After the service, pie and coffee were served in Gloria Dei’s Reiman Hall which enabled attendees from all of the faiths to meet and chat with each other.