This week, one thing that is on the mind of many of us is the horrific events of September 11. With that in mind, I thought I would share a special prayer for the anniversary of 9/11 I found on the website of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church:
O God, our hope and refuge,
in our distress we come quickly to you.
Shock and horror of that tragic day have subsided,
replaced now with an emptiness,
a longing for an innocence lost.
We come remembering those who lost their lives
in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania.
We are mindful of the sacrifice of public servants
who demonstrated the greatest love of all
by laying down their lives for friends.
We commit their souls to your eternal care
and celebrate their gifts to a fallen humanity.
We come remembering
and we come in hope,
not in ourselves, but in you.
As foundations we once thought secure have been shaken,
we are reminded of the illusion of security.
In commemorating this tragedy,
we give you thanks for your presence
in our time of need
and we seek to worship you in Spirit and in truth,
our guide and our guardian. Amen.
by the Rev. Jeremy Pridgeon
This Week in Worship
This Sunday is the 14th Sunday after Pentecost. We’re beginning our new series and study called Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. The sermon is called “When Dreams Become Nightmares.” Scripture: 1 Tim 6:6-10
We are planning a Progressive Dinner for October 11 starting at 5 P.M.! Sign up to participate using the sign-up sheet in the hallway or the tear-off bulletin flap.
Hicks Cothran Memorial Seniors
On September 16th we will have our annual picnic at Smith Mountain Lake. We will meet at church at 10:30 a.m. Please bring a covered dish and your bathing suit (just kidding.) Plan to relax on the deck or go for a cruise around the lake after lunch.
Our fall trip to Lancaster, PA to see “Moses” is being planned for October 14th and 15th. Signup sheet for this trip is on the bulletin board.
Enough Small Group Study
Jeff Walker will lead an evening small group opportunity to take part in the study on Monday nights in the ABC Room next to the Sanctuary. If you plan on attending the Monday evening small group study, please indicate your attention on the bulletin flap or contact us.
We ordered a couple of extra books in case folks missed the sign-up deadline The book is also available on Amazon.com as an E-Book.
The Children’s Department is participating in Tennessee H.U.G.S., a ministry which collects gently used shoes to send around the United States as well as the Dominican Republic, Uganda, Russia and the Appalachian Mountains for those who need shoes.
This ministry was started by Olivia Wright, a young girl from Hendersonville, TN. She has been able to send over 34,500 pairs of shoes to those in need. We will be collecting shoes as an ongoing project to send to TN.
Please bring any shoes you no longer wear or need to us. There will be a collection box at the entrance of the Children’s Department on the second floor in which to place your donated shoes. Our first sendoff date is June 29, so please help us out by bringing any shoes to be donated to our collection box by this date. THANKS!