For those of you who are getting through this week by looking forward to an extended weekend, rejoice that we have such a gift as we transition into beautiful weather and the summer months ahead. However, I encourage you to remember to give thanks this weekend for the reason we have this holiday in the first place. Let us give thanks to God for those members of our armed forces who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms that we enjoy. Also, if you see someone in uniform in the days ahead, thank them for their service to our nation as well.
If you find yourself around a special meal with family and friends on Monday or if you find yourselves gathered around the barbecue, take time to say grace giving thanks for our many blessings. Also, feel free to print out and read the following prayer as well:
Almighty God, you are our strength and our shield. We give you thanks for the men and women of our armed forces, past and present, especially for those who have died while serving. May their sacrifices serve the cause of peace, and may our nation be ever grateful for their service. With your wisdom and strength guide our military's leaders, and give to your people a desire for justice and peace. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
We pray for safety in your travels and if you are in the area, we hope you will have the opportunity to join us for Sunday worship. Remember that we begin our summer schedule this weekend with one service at 9:30 AM. This Sunday, we will also have another installment of "Ask the Pastor" as the message will be shaped by your anonymous questions about the Bible, Church History, Liturgy and Worship, St. Andrew's, or faith and daily life. Come with your questions or simply listen and learn from the questions of others.
By the way, as we collect summer hymn requests for worship, there were some that were requested repeatedly. We will be singing one of them on Sunday (with percussion and trumpet) - the Battle Hymn (Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory).
A blessed week and weekend to you all. See you in church!