This weekend marks the “unofficial start” of summer as we celebrate Memorial Day. Family and friends will gather for picnics, perhaps for the first time in more than a year, and there will be parades and solemn services at cemeteries and court squares as our nation pauses to remember and give thanks for the men and women who gave their lives in defense of freedom.
I think it is especially important for us to take a moment and pause in gratitude this year, because one of the things I’ve learned on reflection is that sometimes we take our freedom for granted. And that is something we must not do. Our freedom is precious and must be safe-guarded for future generations.
Just as we must not take our freedom for granted, we must not make and idol of it either. With freedom comes great responsibility. I grew up in Ohio, which is a state, but I now live in Pennsylvania, which is also a commonwealth. Legally there’s no difference. Pennsylvania is also one of the states, but because of our colonial history we’re also a commonwealth. And I like that, because it is a reminder that we citizens bear responsibilities to one another and that together we consent to be governed. Commonwealth comes from the English tradition and reminds us that our state was founded for the common good of all citizens. Commonwealth reminds us that we’re all in this together.
I think the idea of a commonwealth appeals to me because it echoes the Christian tradition. You have heard me say many times that no one can be a solitary Christian. It doesn’t work that way. We need to be in community together: living, praying, worshiping together as the Body of Christ.
COME TO SUNDAY EVENING VESPERS
at Meeting House Springs Cemetery
(4th Sunday, June thru September)
June 27, 7 PM
July 25, 7 PM
August 22, 7 PM
September 26, 6 PM
JUNE 2 Briar Thompson
5 Ashley Gogoj
10 Peter Tanyi
11 Ann Gottlieb
13 Evelyn Graver
21 Jenna Fetter
23 Abby Pitzer
OVERVIEW OF JUNE EVENTS (will highlight weekly)
+ June 2, 7 PM: Bible Study
+ June 6, 5 PM: Deacons/Friends serve "My Brother's Table"
+ June 7, 7 PM: Deacons
+ June 9, 7 PM: Bible Study
+ June 13, after worship: "Dinner for Dads" (Deacons); Fellowship Time (outside)
+ June 16, 6 PM: Prayer Community
+ June 16, 7 PM: Bible Study
+ June 20, 10 AM: Worship w/Communion; “Dinner for Dads” (Deacons)
+ June 22, 6 PM: Choir rehearsal
+ June 22, 7 PM: Session
+ June 24, 2 PM: Faith Circle
+ June 27, after worship: Fellowship Time (outside)
+ June 27, 7 PM: Evening Vespers, Meeting House Springs Cemetery
Happy Memorial Day, 2021!
Members of the Congregation, Ministers
The Rev. Anthony D. Lorenz, Pastor
The Rev. Jon A. Black, Pastor Emeritus
Debby Madden, Educator Emerita
Arthur Thompson, Organist; Ron Richcreek, Music Director
Avis Allen, Secretary; Chuck Adler, Sexton
Church Office Hours: Mon. & Wed., 9 AM-2 PM
Address: 2A N. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: (717) 243-4612; E-mail: email@example.com; Website: www.firstprescarlisle.org