At the end of this month, our nation will celebrate Memorial Day. Officially, Memorial Day remembers those who died while on active duty in the military. And we have great reason to thank and remember these men/women — their ultimate sacrifice has kept us free. Of course, such a holiday ought to also bring to mind the infinitely greater sacrifice made by our Lord Jesus, to set us free from the satanic Foe.
Unofficially, though, Memorial Day also serves as the start to summer. For instance, our day school typically ends its sessions the Friday before Memorial Day (although this year there was fear we may have to go beyond, to make up for missed snow days). As a church we begin our “summer schedule” of adding midweek services on the Wednesday before Memorial Day — to allow those who may be gone on the weekends of summer an opportunity to worship earlier in the week. And, this year, after church on Memorial Day weekend, Lisa and I will be making our summer trek to the Cities for baseball, then a few days with her mother.
Summer is a great time. Who doesn’t love the warmer weather, the hamburgers/hot dogs off the grill, the green grass and bright flowers? There is so much to do — especially in our area — that sometimes we forget about church. Attendance always drops a bit in the summer, even with the addition of those Wednesday night services. And, of course, with a drop in attendance comes a drop in offerings. This year, like every other year, I am making my plea for us NOT to let that happen. To make it a priority to be in worship each week — whether that be here on Sundays or Wednesdays, or whether it be at one of our sister congregations if we are out of town.
Our celebration of Memorial Day can help us with that. For, you see, each worship service is a sort of “Memorial Day” of our Lord Jesus. Of how He lived for us, keeping the commandments and giving us the credit. How He died on the cross, to pay the price for OUR sin. How He rose on Easter, to open heaven to all believers. So, this summer, please celebrate this Memorial Day all summer long as we enjoy the fruits of His sacrifice!