Published in the November 20, 2015 editionthanksgiving_services_web

MELROSE — Giving thanks makes us whole. At least that is what recent research on gratitude suggests. This is something people of faith have known and practiced for thousands of years.

Each Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Melrose houses of worship join together to offer a Thanksgiving service. Weaving together the strands of traditions, they offer thanks for the blessings in our lives. They act upon gratitude with an offering collected to support those who are without food. The offering is split between the Melrose food pantries: A Servant’s Heart and Pantry of Hope.

They hope you will join them as they lift voices up in songs of thanksgiving and speak words of gratitude. The service is on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m. at the Highlands Church, UCC, 355 Franklin St. Parking is available across the street as well as on side streets. The handicapped entrance is at the rear of the church on West Highland Avenue.