I’m sitting out by the pool in my backyard as I write this letter. It’s open but with the pool temperature below 70 degrees, it is not even close to “swimmable” – but it won’t be long. College students will swim in it after weekly bible studies. Our youth groups will have their pool parties. And likely, I will take a dip or two; but mostly, spend my pool moments in the hot tub.
It may be hard to believe, but Summer time is about here. In our conversations after church and all over Facebook, I’m seeing your end of May celebrations – graduations, awards ceremonies and the last days of school. Another school year almost in the history books. Bring on the Summer! The unofficial beginning of Summer is this Monday – Memorial Day. But Memorial Day is so much more.
It was first observed as “Decoration Day” in the years following the Civil War. “Memorial Day” became an official federal holiday in 1971. This solemn day honors men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States military. We remember those who have given their life and their life’s work to protecting and preserving our freedom in this country and around the world. We marvel at the courage and the sacrifice that millions of men and women have showed. We thank God for putting in them a desire to serve beyond themselves.
On a weekend where we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we also know that Jesus made that sacrifice for us. It’s mind boggling. The God of the universe – perfect in every way, willingly gave his life so that we could have life. That moment in history changed the world forever.  It is his sacrifice that invites us to live our life differently… on display so all may know Him…
On Display, our series on the book of James and living our faith, continues this weekend. Manuela Kauer will preach in both services. Sunday, we will turn to James’ words about the way we treat others – and picking favorites. As usual, he has some challenging and very practical words.
Grateful to be your pastor and friend,
Dr. Marnie Crumpler, Senior Pastor
PS. I want to extend a special invitation to our GRACE women to hear my friend, Bonnie Wurzbacher, speak at our “Word Before Work” Bible Study on Tuesday, June 4th from 7:15 – 8:30 am at the Locust Street Campus.
Bonnie has served as the Sr. Vice President, Global Customer Leadership of The Coca-Cola Company and as the Chief Development Officer with World Vision International. Bonnie is also an elder at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Bonnie will kick off a 4-week Word Before Work Bible study that I will lead Tuesday mornings in June. Click here to register.