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Written by Rev. Dr. Tom MacMillan
Tom is on sabbatical this summer returning in early September. His weekly message will also return at that time. In the meantime, the Monday Message will contintue to be published throughout the summer with a link to each week's Sunday sermon, bulletin and lectionary.
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“My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.”
We all have different ways of celebrating the Fourth of July. For our family, this usually includes the Bay Days 5K run, a cookout, fireworks over the lake, and church.
But this year was different in a number of ways for us and familiar rituals changed. This year, when people asked me what I was doing for the Fourth of July, the unspoken answer surfaced in my heart, “preparing to send our son to Marine boot camp.” Oh, I gave a polite answer with all the expected activities included, but that really wasn’t an honest response.
Since Brogan could take basically nothing with him, there was no packing to do. He prepared by running, working out, and sleeping. I think he prayed too, and sitting in the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), it gave me comfort to see him clutching a small Bible in his large hands.
He was excited to go to Parris Island, but I was not happy to be saying good-bye. That morning Tom had visited Avon Lake Presbyterian church for worship, and afterward the healing prayer team prayed for him, and for Brogan. We have felt the prayers offered by many of you, too, and the support expressed so lovingly, both for Tom’s sabbatical and for our son’s
One military mom told me that she could not sing or hear the “Star- Spangled Banner” for some time without crying, and I understand that now. But considering it is sung at every one of the dozens of swim meets I go to each year, I think I am in trouble!
It seems only yesterday that Jerry Kennard was telling war stories to kids in our mid-week program, and Brogan sat at his feet and later read Kennard’s account of being a prisoner of war. A few years ago, Joe DeSalvo gave Brogan a button from his military uniform that we still treasure. Other men in this church, some still with us, and some passed on to eternal life, have shared their stories and their struggles, their victories and defeats. The boys and young men in our church learn about honor and integrity, courage and sacrifice from the lives of their elders. So keep the stories coming, and the examples, and the prayers, because those of us in the trenches of parenting really need you. Thank you for being the church for each other, and bringing glory to God by your faithfulness.
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JOHN KNOX UPCOMING EVENTS
Stephen Ministry's Grief
Support Group Meeting
Get to Know Your Church Fair
JKC Children's Choir Rehearsal
TNT Youth Group (grades 6-8)
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summer mission trip.
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