I always think of May as a family month. It’s the time of weddings, baptisms, graduations and, of course, Mother’s Day. The idea of one man and one woman making a lifelong, exclusive commitment to one another was God’s idea. And the family is the centerpiece relationship in all of society. It is in a family that we begin to understand who we are and how we relate to others in a healthy and productive way. It is within the family we learn values, morals, and virtues. It’s also where many folks receive their faith. These things are more caught than taught. And, in the family, they more or less rub off on us.
Families are wonderful things to celebrate! I’m so excited about the special celebrations we are going to be enjoying during the month of May. We have several baptisms on the calendar, and families are scheduled to become a part of our church family. We’ll be recognizing our acolytes and our Troop 16’s most recent Eagle Scouts.
And, of course, we will be celebrating our graduating high school seniors and our moms. I am so excited to celebrate our moms and seniors on the same day. It just seems to go together. How would a kid ever graduate without their mom? I think a mom should get a diploma every time she graduates one of her kids. It will be a special day.
And, Lakeside Worship begins Sunday, May 7!
During the month of May, at Lakeside and in Classic Worship, we’ll be in a 4-part message series entitled: “Forgotten Virtues.” We will talk about honor, gratitude, loyalty, and integrity. Remember those? They seem to be a distant memory these days. Sometimes it feels as if true character is a thing of the past. But scripture has a lot to say about these Forgotten Virtues. I hope you’ll join us as we learn what we can do to restore them, and bring the kids. Let’s make this a family event.
In Chapel and Modern Worship, we’ll be answering your most asked questions, in a series called: “You Asked For It.” Can I be a person of faith and still believe in science? Is Jesus the only way? How do I tell others about Jesus? Don’t miss this fun series about some of the most basic (and not so basic) topics of faith, and be sure to invite someone to join you.
Many blessings on all of the marriages, children, and families out there. And a special blessing to those who are going it alone. Sadly, life is not perfect, sometimes hearts, marriages, and families break, but God remains faithful. He is still available to Father all of us, perfectly. And Jesus said, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”
Thank God, we are all still part of a family.