Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that “Life isn’t worth living until you find something worth dying for.” This quote is particularly relevant as we recognize Memorial Day weekend, a time to honor those who gave their lives in service to our country. As we recall memories of loved ones who died in service, may their legacies inspire us. We will pause in worship Sunday to honor the memory of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
The lives of the followers of Jesus after the resurrection are examples of faithful people willing to die for their faith. Imagine the challenges they faced as both the political powers of the day and their own religious leaders persecuted them. I marvel at their faith, and yet scripture reminds me that their faith was God’s gift to them, just as our faith is God’s gift to all of us. That means that we also have what it takes to offer our lives in the service of Jesus Christ. When we do, the rewards will always be worth the sacrifices.
For those who attend worship in person, starting this Sunday, May 29, we will have baskets for the offering at the front of the sanctuary. This will provide the opportunity for everyone to put their connect cards and offering gifts in the baskets when receiving communion. Please feel free to access the baskets prior to the services as well.
This Sunday, May 29, our scripture passage will be Acts 16:16-34. I am working on a message entitled “Walking On The Wild Side.” If you read the book of Acts, you will see the wild and exciting journey of the disciples who led the post-resurrection followers of Jesus. Are our lives similar to these?
This weekend is the “unofficial start of summer.” Do you have a plan to maintain a healthy devotional life this summer? I have been following a year-long Bible study plan since January 1, and so far I am on pace to finish the Old and New Testaments by the end of the year. This practice has kept my spiritual life balanced at a time when I really needed it. For this I am grateful.
As always, please remember to invite others to worship. This is so very important for our community. It is also what Jesus asks of us all.
God bless you and your families this summer. I look forward to seeing you Sunday!