Several of you have asked me about my daughter’s wedding this past weekend. I cannot imagine how it could have been any better. I have felt a deep sense of gratitude as I have reflected on last weekend. Some of you seemed surprised that I wasn’t the officiant, but I had a much more important role: father of the bride! The officiant was a United Methodist minister who is a year older than my daughter and who grew up at Blacksburg United Methodist Church. It was a great privilege to have her officiate at the wedding and she did a great job. Those sorts of connections remind us about one of the aspects of the church which is so profoundly important: relationships!
We will be reminded of such relationships this coming Sunday in worship as Meghan Roth Clayton returns as our preacher for traditional worship. When Ron Baker told me several months ago that his daughter wanted to get his granddaughter baptized at Messiah, I suggested that we see if Meghan could come back and do it because she had officiated at the parents’ wedding. I told Meghan that she didn’t have to preach, but if she would like to preach, I knew that people at Messiah would be delighted. So, Meghan decided to delight you! She will be focusing on Revelation 21:1-10, 22-22:5 and her sermon is entitled “
Love What You’ve Done with The Place.”
At the 8:15 am service, the Joyful Noise Choir will present
as the Introit
At the 9:30 and 11:00 am services, the Chancel Choir will present
“Who Are the Brave”
as the Introit. We will have our traditional Memorial Day Service at 10:35 am in our Memorial Garden. Tommy Suh will be leading our Risk worship service in the Lord Youth Center at 11:00 am. He will be focusing on John 7:37-39 and his sermon is entitled
“Come to the Fountain.”
Wherever you are this weekend, we hope at Messiah, we encourage you to remember and celebrate relationships and may it give all of us a deep sense of gratitude.