Last Sunday I told the children at church that Memorial Day started as Decoration Day. During this week, I read that this tradition got started in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, when three young ladies–Emma Hunter, Sophie Keller and Elizabeth Myers–began the annual custom of decorating soldiers’ graves in 1864, while the Civil War was still being fought.
Young Emma, Sophia, and Elizabeth started a tradition that now calls upon all Americans to remember the dedication of those who have fought and died. Remembering stirs in us a sense of gratitude and appreciation, and it strengthens our resolve to do our part in serving God, country and others.
Throughout the Bible, God’s people are instructed to stop and remember what God has done for them and reflect upon their appropriate response and service to the Lord. This week in worship we will remember how the crucified and risen Christ gave the Holy Spirit to the early church on the day of Pentecost. Jesus still send to us his Spirit. In celebration of the endless work of God’s Spirit working for us and in us, we will share in communion and offer special contributions to support the ministry of compassion offered by the Diaconate.
Below is last week's message about submitting our unique personality to the Lord, so that he might use us in the service others.