Have you ever wondered why Memorial Day is marked in May? Its date doesn't recall some historic battle. Or the start of some war. Or the signing of an armistice. Why, then, May?
For a very practical reason. Because it is a time when flowers bloom. Flowers with which to decorate graves.
There are those who remember when Memorial Day was called Decoration Day and when the cemeteries were filled with people kneeling to plant a flower or place a garland or unfurl a flag or to say a prayer. Some still do. But most people can no longer be bothered. It would take time away from the beach, the backyard, the ball park.
At the National Cemetery on Long Island, one of the nation's largest, it has become necessary to advertise for volunteers to place flags on the graves of veterans as the number of veteran volunteers has decreased.
However, many of those who volunteer have no idea why they are there.
One young man, a 13-year-old Scout, was asked if he understood why the members of his Boy Scout Troop were there placing flags on the graves. He quickly replied, "To get service hours." He is not alone, there is a generation that has no knowledge of this important rite.
Memorial Day is obviously not one of our major holidays. But we need to remember. We need to rember the debt we owe to others. " Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." John 15:13. This week we will observe a moment for those that have died in service to our country and the One who died for us all.
Join us this Sunday May 29th at 9:30am
Let Someone Walk Beside You
Life can change in an instant… a doctor’s diagnosis, a break-down of a relationship, the sickness of a loved one, a job loss, challenges with children, retirement, a move, a difficult pregnancy, or another stressful circumstance. Our congregation supports a wonderful ministry that you might need during this difficult time. Stephen Ministers are available to walk beside you and to provide Christian care. Although Stephen Ministers are care givers, Christ is the “cure giver.” When we are hurting, it is so comforting to have someone who listens and keeps all discussions confidential. Many care receivers find that these relationships are very meaningful because Christ is at the center.
This program is not only available to you, but to family members, friends, or colleagues who live in the local area. If you know someone who might benefit from a Stephen Minister, talk with them about it or see the leaders for more information. If you need a Stephen Minister, contact Pastor Jim Cann.
Our Mission Statement:
God calls us to be disciples of Jesus, reaching out in service and fellowship to share the love of Christ.
Sunday School classes will continue during the construction period! Neither rain, nor snow, nor . . .
Sunday School Classes will meet through Youth Sunday, June 12, except for Memorial Day weekend/school vacation. During this time, in addition to weekly lessons, classes will be preparing their presentations for Youth Sunday. We hope that many are able to join us!
Gift Kids (Growing In Faith Together)
Summer Children’s Program - When Sunday School ends, our summer program begins, and we need your help! GIFT Kids (Growing In Faith Together) is for children age 4 through those just finishing grade 4. The 11-week program (June 26 to Sept 4) is on Sunday mornings following the Children’s Message. It is open to both church families and visitors.
Announcing Youth Sunday on June 12th - During worship on the 2nd Sunday in June, Sunday school classes and youth choir will share something they have learned this past school year. Traditionally, each class has presented a skit or a song for a wonderful celebration of our children and youth. Save the date, and come and share on this special Sunday.
2016 Westford Ecumenical
K-4 Vacation Bible School and 5-6 Mission Group
July 11-July 15
10 Church Street
Westford, MA 01886
Sunday Morning Worship
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