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Sermon “The Wind of the Spirit” by Co-Pastor Karen Hagy
Scriptures: Acts 2:1-11; John 16:4-14; Luke 24:44-53
Music: Senior Choir, Dora Chen-violin; Melinda Chen-piano
Dear Church Family and Friends,
This Sunday is not only Pentecost, the church’s birthday, it is also Memorial Day Sunday. We are pleased to host the Richard K. Harvell Post 8401, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Stevens-Buswell Post 54, American Legion at the 9:30 am worship hour. The VFW will preside at a brief Memorial Day service at the cemetery across the street from BPC at the conclusion of the choral benediction at 10:30.
You might recall that Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day at the time of the Civil War, is a day of remembrance to honor those who sacrificed their lives for the sake of our freedom and it also honors those veterans who have died, having served in wars fought by American forces. This year, Memorial Day Sunday holds particular meaning for our church. In worship we will be dedicating a bell in loving memory of BPC member Earl Isham who died this past year. Bedford’s Memorial Day Parade is also held in honor of Gunnersmate First Class Earl Isham who served in World War II. The town parade starts at Bedford High School at 1:00 p.m.
There is also a Memorial Day Dedication in the park, Bedford Commons, at 11:30 a.m. to remember and honor one of our very own, Blake Marston, USN, SEAL 1st Class. A granite monument will be dedicated during this ceremony. As many of you might know, Blake died this past year in active service to our country during a SEAL training exercise in Florida. He is so very missed by all of us.
Please come out and join us in remembering and honoring our fallen service men and women and two dear ones, Earl Isham and Blake Marston, and attend the dedication of the monument at Bedford Commons and the parade. Both of these wonderful men are missed by us and this is one way we can give thanks for their lives and for their service to our country.
We hope to see you Sunday in worship and in town and may God bless you all this Memorial Day Weekend. May the peace of the Holy Spirit be with you too this Pentecost!
Co-Pastor Karen Hagy
Eternal God, from whom all life comes, to whom all life returns, we remember all who have served our country in the military. We remember and give thanks for their dedication to life and liberty. We give thanks for sacrifices they made and losses endured. We give thanks for acts of courage, grace, and hope. We give thanks for our brothers and sisters, who gave full measure of their devotion. We give thanks for those who we have loved, who have served, and those we knew not. For the life, goodness, faith, and courage and the love and that was in each one, we give thanks and praise. We pray for those who are recovering from wounds of body, mind, and spirit. Work your special healing in them and in those who need your comfort from grief, having loved soldiers that now reside with you in heaven. Grant all the knowledge that nothing can separate your people from your love. May the day come soon when swords are beaten into plowshares and war is no more and all people will know peace everywhere. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Adapted from PCUSA liturgy)
Now it will be easier than ever to connect with one another. To do so, we need your help! We need you to sign up to have your picture taken for the directory from Wednesday June 3-Saturday June 6th. Contact Manny Barreto to reserve your “photo shoot”.
Co-Pastors Karen Hagy and John Sawyer
The Harold G. Williams Jr. Scholarship Fund was established to provide scholarships to members of our congregation who are presently, or will be in the fall, full time students enrolled in a college, trade school or graduate program. Special consideration may be given to a student in seminary or a student involved in mission work. This year the Deacons will award two $500 scholarships on Graduation Sunday, June 7, 2014 during the 10:00 a.m. worship service service.
Mark your calendars for the Annual Church-wide BBQ on Sunday, May 31 at 5 p.m. celebrating the recent Mission Trip! Trip members will share their experiences and Brian Martel is once again our grill-master. BBQ chicken and beverages will be provided. We ask that you bring a side or dessert to share and consider a donation of $5 per person/$20 per family that will benefit the many Mission activities at BPC.
RSVP requested by May 24. You may do so by signing up outside the Fellowship Hall or emailing Abby Aiello at firstname.lastname@example.org.