Within the last week I have experienced both a high moment of joy and a low point of sorrow. On last Sunday we shared in the celebration marked by the number 50: for 50 years the Women’s Mission Union has existed as a fellowship united in trying to make the mission of Christ live in our church consciousness. Their spirit and activities greatly enriched our worship. Shortly after Sunday I was informed of the death of one of our trustees—Brother Walter Tate—a very faithful, kind and loving person. He was committed to the work of Christ and was encouraging to me and my family. I feel the force of these two realities tugging at my heart. Memory of Brother Tate’s spirit touches my sadness, however, so that gratitude gives strength to respond to my inner void. We pray for his family.
The month of July summons us to continue our celebration of God’s goodness evident “Though the Years. . .” On the third Sunday, July 15, we mark an exciting point in our history connected with the number 60. For 60 years we have worshipped God and served Him in and from this site. We must never take for granted what this place means. Come, recall and rejoice together. That day is also Men’s Day. Let every male of White Rock and every man who’s a friend to a member of White Rock join together in praise to God.
In worship today, we offer to God for His blessing a ministry of the congregation to the children and youth of the community and of the church. Our Summer Enrichment ministry begins tomorrow and continues through August 9. We thank God for those who have worked so hard to give visibility to this calling and pray with confidence for the Holy Spirit’s enabling of them. May the lives of the youth and the families touched by this ministry be marvelously blessed.
The Second Sunday in July is a memorable Sunday and blessing to me. On that Sunday, July 14, 1957 my wife and I were united in marriage. That’s 61 years ago. I thank God for her, for the addition to our family of a son and above all I thank God for His providence in joining us together.
God’s grace and peace be multiplied unto you.
Joy! We are one in the Lord.