God's Gift for You!
Dear Spry Church Family and Friends,
This Sunday is one of the most important days of the entire year for us as Christians, the day of Pentecost. On Pentecost we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the original disciples of Jesus and the start of the worldwide Christian Church. We encourage people to wear red to church on Pentecost because red represents the fire of the Holy Spirit - the same Spirit who now lives in us! Join us on Sunday as, during worship, we'll pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon each of us, our church, and our world today. The Spirit of God gives us strength every day for both the ordinary and the extraordinary tasks before us.
On the subject of the extraordinary, yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day. We remember the courageous Americans who worked with our Allies on the beaches of Normandy to make our world a safer place. We continue to honor the sacrifices of the nearly 160,000 souls who helped turn back the tide of tyranny with their bravery that day. And we continue to pray and work for peace and good will in our world. Below I'm including the text of the radio address given by President Roosevelt to the country on the night of June 6, 1944. His speech took the form of a prayer. I highly recommend that you take a few minutes to read these poignant words. I also invite you to join me in praying for the leaders of our nation today, as well as those of other nations, that they may lead and govern according to the wisdom and righteousness of God.
As many of you already know, one of our college students, Ryan Schreckengast, is doing a summer internship with our mission partners in Guatemala. He'll be serving kids, sharing the love of Jesus, and working on his Spanish. :) We are so proud of Ryan. Please keep him in your prayers. To follow his trip, you can go to this website where he will be posting updates: https://shrekinguat.blogspot.com/.
Don't miss worship this Sunday - it's going to be a special celebration! The message is one that we all need to hear, about the gift that keeps on giving. Join us for uplifting, inspiring worship, and bring a friend!
P.S. Here is the text of FDR's address to the nation on D-Day:
And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:
Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.
Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.
They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.
They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest-until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men's souls will be shaken with the violences of war.
For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.
Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.
And for us at home -- fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas -- whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them--help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.
Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.
Give us strength, too -- strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.
And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.
And, O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; Faith in each other; Faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.
With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace -- a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.
Thy will be done, Almighty God.