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. By the way, as we collect the many hymn requests submitted in recent weeks, the top two were the Battle Hymn (Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory) and Amazing Grace. So FYI, we will be singing Battle Hymn this Sunday May 29 (for Memorial Day, hopefully with trumpet) and on Sunday July 3 (for Independence Day). We will be singing Amazing Grace in worship on July 3 as well (and again in the fall if you missed it!)
A blessed week and weekend to you all. See you in church!