Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Today is Memorial Day in the US and it serves as a motivation to respectfully and gratefully remember those who have served both their generation and the generations to come through their heroic defense of our nation’s freedom. Perhaps because so many of my own family served this nation in military service, I lean toward passionate patriotism.
As a believer, however, Memorial Day also reminds me of the greatest hero ever to live and die, then live again – our Lord Jesus Christ. Consider that Jesus was literally born to die and his death does even more than make me free politically. His death provides a freedom from eternal death. Take time today and this week to let the illustrations, of the respected Memorial Day theme, point you also to even the greater sacrifice of Jesus Christ who gave his sinless, holy life for rebels like me and you in order to secure our eternal redemption.
Just as it is true of our national Memorial Day holiday, which invites us to consider how we can live as better citizens of the earth because of the sacrifice of soldiers, so too our remembrance of Jesus Christ invites us to consider living as better citizens of heaven to the glory of God.
Guidelines for Worship Participants When GracePoint Church Re-opens for Outdoor Public Worship on June 7 at 9:00am
In the spirit of showing care for each other, yet wanting to have a comfortable and meaningful worship experience, please consider these guidelines as we gather:
- Bring your own chairs, blankets, and shade. Dress informally. Consider bringing a hat and sunglasses. Chairs and some shade will be provided for those who are unable to bring them.
- Maintain 6 feet of physical distance between your family and other families.
- Families with children will worship together. Bring activities for your kids. There will be no children’s programming.
- Greet friends with a smile or wave. Refrain from shaking hands or embracing each other.
Masks are encouraged but are not required. Bring your own if you have one.
- Use the restroom immediately before leaving home. Restrooms are open if absolutely needed.
- Bring your own beverages and snacks. Water bottles will be available.
- Please stay home if you have been in contact recently with a COVID-positive individual or you do not feel well. Access the service online.