A World in Turmoil Who could have imagined just a few short weeks ago that the entire globe would be consumed by a microscopic bug. The picture of our grandsons at the top of this page shows them looking up, no doubt for some sort of guidance. We all need it. Here is a prayer written by a pastor in New Jersey that is appropriate for us all:
As fear grips our country, let us choose love. During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us find ways to
be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.
- May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake;
- May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable;
- May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making the rent;
- May we who have the flexibility to care for our own children when their schools close remember those who have no options;
- May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go;
- May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all;
- May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.
Preaching again this week at St. Andrew by the Sea United Methodist Church (Virtual Worship beginning at at 9:00 AM broadcast on the internet at hhiumc.com or on YouTube at StAndrewBTS). The lesson from Acts has been held up as a good way to evangelize folks who have never heard the gospel, but we wonder. The response to the message was not exactly overwhelming. In preparation, read Acts 17:16-34 for the sermon entitled ST. PAUL'S BIG, FAT, GREEK FLOP.
Wedding Destination - Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Carolina Low Country has become a most desirable site for folks to come from far and wide to solemnize their marriages. South Carolina law allows a variety of officials (judges, notaries, etc.) to officiate at such ceremonies, but many couples ask specifically if a minister might be available. Since pastors actively serving churches are often reluctant to take on additional responsibilities that do not involve members of their own congregations, that means the pool of available clergy is somewhat limited. Enter David. Officiating at such affairs has become a most enjoyable form of ministry now that we have relocated to the island permanently. For details about the process, click here or on the "Weddings" button at left and we will be happy to assist.
WHAT EXCITES A MINISTER who officiates at LOTS of weddings. During their sojourn in France on a recent vacation, the Leiningers encountered the Pont des Arts bridge over the Seine River near the Louvre Museum in Paris. It is called the Bridge of Locks because the tradition there is for couples who marry to celebrate their union by inscribing a lock with their names and date and attaching it to the superstructure of the bridge - there are thousands upon thousands upon thousands of them now, so many, in fact, that the practice is now illegal because of the danger of collapse onto shipping below Yes, it DID happen. Other countries have a similar tradition (we wonder how that might work with the Wilton Graves bridge leading to island - hmm). Beautiful sentiment. What did you do to tell the world about your marriage?
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