My favorite part of the Vespers is the Kathisma, when we chant Psalm 2. Mostly, the choir sings all the verses but on occasion, reader Tim will chant the verses and the choir (and us) will respond with the "alleluia's." I love the way that sounds!
During the homily, Fr Gary talked about how Winston Churchill encouraged all to give thanks to God, even in the midst of war. He went on to say that when President Kennedy was assassinated, Divine Liturgies were still offered the following Sunday and Thanksgiving was still observed the following Thursday. So in times of trouble, we, His people, should give thanks.
Given my current work situation, that is good advice!
"O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; and His Mercy endures forever."