By: Dr. Michael Gardner
A week from today, is Memorial Day. Like many of you, Ann and I will remember those no longer with us, who have gone on before us. Among them will be our fathers, both of whom served honorably in World War II. I believe it is right to honor those who served faithfully, and some who gave their lives for our freedom.
For too many people Memorial Day weekend is primarily a time for getting in some rest and recreation ourselves and taking some days off work. Not that there is anything wrong with those pursuits! I intend to do some of that myself.
Many of our grilles will be sizzling with hamburgers, hotdogs and brats. For us not grilling at home, there may be ribs, brisket, or pulled pork, served up hot, from one of KC’s barbeque joints – and there are many. And, to be sure, ice cream, lots of soda and cereal malt beverage will be served up cold this coming weekend, too.
Many of us will place flowers and wreaths as we remember those in our families who gave their lives in service to our country. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “…from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.” (From the Gettysburg address.)
This coming Sunday we’ll also observe Memorial Day weekend in worship, with an opportunity to light a memorial candle for a loved one as we remember them, with the Worship Services on our usual schedule of 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 am. My message is from Luke 24:44-48, and my sermon is “Rethinking Your Theology.”
This Sunday I’ll lead the lesson and a short Q&A session at the end for the Pathfinders Sunday School Class on “Observations from 7 Years at Old Mission” from 9:35 – 10:10 in Hanson Hall. The class will have refreshments to follow.
In just over a week, On June 2, I will be retiring as your Senior Pastor at Old Mission. I have loved every minute of serving this great congregation! And I’m delighted that Rev. David Livingston is following me as Senior Pastor. I’ve known him since the early days of his ministry, and have great confidence in him.
On that Sunday, we will hold two identical combined Celebration Services at 9am and 10:30am, followed by a BBQ lunch at 11:30. RSVP to email@example.com.
I hope to greet you soon and see you at Old Mission one of the next two Sundays!
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