To the Members and Friends of St. John’s, Irmo:
I write this on Memorial Day, the day we remember those who gave all in the service of our country. We remember those who in WWI, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, and the Middle East who died defending our way of life; the way we worship; even the language we speak. We all have memories of those who didn’t come home. I remember the list on the plaque of those who died in Europe and the Far East back in my home congregation. I remember “Big Red”, a buddy of mine in Viet Nam, who looked like a red haired “Hawkeye Pierce” in the movie MASH with a lot of the personality traits. I am haunted by his memory as one time he asked me what time it was. I responded why don’t you by a watch. His reply was one I’ll never forget. “It’ll only tell me how fast my life is running out.” Less than a month later, “Big Red” was killed. What a prophetic response!
We remember those who gave their lives, we honor them. We pray for peace and consolation for their families. And we should do this. But we also remember the One who gave his life so that our sins are forgiven. But he went farther than our fallen military heroes. He was raised three days later, given us and our fallen heroes the promise of everlasting life. We solemnly bow our heads in respect, honor and awe of what our brave men and women did. Is it not right that we do the same for the One who sacrificed his life for us and at the same time give a shout for His resurrection?
During these summer months I plan on varying our worship service slightly. We will continue to have the four main elements: Gathering, Word, Meal, and Sending, but perhaps arranged a little differently with some different responses. Sometimes we get bogged down in doing the same thing every Sunday and a little variety may make it interesting for us and those who visit. I have also begun having the children bring an object in a shoe box and the children’s message will be centered around that object (could be dangerous for the pastor and hopefully interesting for the children).
I look forward to seeing you each and every Sunday as we worship our Lord and Savior! As always, I thank you for being the church!
See all of you in church Sunday!
In His Service,
John Derrick, Pastor