From the Desk of the Community Lay Director:
Summer has arrived. It brings a time of recreation, celebration, travel, and fellowship. It is truly a blessing to vacation with family and friends, to go to the beach or the mountains, and enjoy this special time of year.
We also observe a very special holiday during the summer. July 4, 1776 was a pivotal date in history. The fledgling 13 American colonies declared their independence from England. Through the struggle that ensued, our country forged a nation that has endured for more than two centuries. The freedoms that we enjoy today are a blessing from our forefathers. We should give thanks and be ever mindful of their contributions.
George Washington, the Father of our country, prayed this prayer on April 30, 1789:
Almighty God; we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection, that thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States of America at large.
And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation.
Grant our supplication, we beseech thee, through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Preparations and team formation continue as we prepare for Walks this fall. Prayerfully consider serving if called upon. Pilgrim applications may be submitted to Anne Wojcik. Thanks to all for your support of our Emmaus Community.
The next Gathering will be hosted by Glynn Baptist on July 13. Please come and join in the fellowship.
Have a wonderful summer and special Fourth of July.