"While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. "
God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.
Every year our church has a God and Country Day the weekend before the 4th of July. This morning our congregation filed into the doors of the Church decked out in red, white, and blue. Our armed forces were honored in the way they are every year. The choir and orchestra sings through the fight songs for the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Marines. While the fight songs are being sung the members of that division of the Armed Forces stand. It never fails to bring me to tears to see generations from WW2 to present day standing together. Soldiers of the past and soldiers of today who have all sacrificed for our freedom. Next there is more music and then preaching and then we are dismissed for the Bar B Que.
This years' message was focused on passing the torch of faith onto our children. I found it to be an incredibly important challenge. The point that really struck me was when it was said the most crucial part of the relay was the passing of the baton. How true and what a great reminder in the diligence that is needed in passing on our faith, values, and morals onto our children. We need to diligently put the Word into their hearts and bathe them in prayer. May they see the love of Christ living through us each and every day.
Next we dismissed for the BBQ, then more singing and preaching, and then ice cream and pony rides and bouncy houses for the kids. They had a blast!
Here are our Blessings are as we headed out to church (in our traditional "Sound of Music" pose :o) this morning...