September 13, 2018
Dear members of our Calvary family,
To the last generation, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was a historical marker. People asked "Where were you? What were you doing?" To our generation, the attacks on the World Trade Centers in New York City, the Pentagon in Virginia, and the crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2001 are a historical marker. As we marked the anniversary of that terrorist attack on Tuesday, the questions are asked, "Where were you? What were you doing?" And I think most of us remember where we were and what we were doing at the planes flew into the buildings that day.
As we look back to that day, we salute the men and women in uniform who gave their lives that day, and who continue to this day, as President Abraham Lincoln said, "give the last full measure of devotion". Police officers, firefighters, emergency personnel and military personnel, all live lives of commitment, dedication, and sacrifice in helping others, and serving the community. These are Christian virtues. They don’t make one a Christian, but they are characteristics that should mark the lives of those who follow Jesus Christ. This is because that is what Jesus has done for us. Jesus said, "T he Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Jesus paid the hell we deserve to keep that away from us. Rejoice in knowing him as your Savior and in the comfort of knowing eternal life in heaven is yours.
I look forward to seeing you this week at church. May we all make the time to come and be fed by Word and Communion, and to give worship and thanks to our God who has given his all for us.
Pastor Martin Spaude