The first Thanksgiving ceremony in Plymouth in 1621 allowed residents to gather as a community to give prayers of thanks for the past year's harvest.
The Belmont Religious Council and Belmont Clergy Council is bringing the Belmont community together for the town's annual interfaith Thanksgiving service at the Latter-day Saints Meeting House, 15 Ledgewood Place at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.
The gathering has become a long-standing Belmont tradition where clergy and the faithful from a wide range of Belmont's faith groups participate.
"We will gather together as a community to give thanks for the many blessings we have received during the past year at 7 p.m. on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 18," according to the councils.
An inter-faith choir will lead the congregation in song, and a member of the Belmont clergy will share a few words about the meaning of Thanksgiving. The guest speaker this year is Rev. Thom Mahoney, the new pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
A collection will be taken up for the Belmont Food Pantry. Following the service, all are welcome to share fellowship and light refreshments.
To reach the church, drive west on Route 2, take the Dow Avenue exit. At the bottom of the off-ramp, turn left to pass under the highway. Ledgewood Place is a right turn off the east-bound access road. Please note this is the Latter-day Saints Meeting House, not the Temple. Ample parking is available.
Those who would like to sing in the choir, please arrive at 6 p.m. for a brief rehearsal.