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“Be Strong and Take Courage”

As I was preparing the sermon for this Sunday, our nation had just taken time to remember one of the greatest tragedies to take place in our land… the events of 9-11. And on the horizon… literally… is Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut.

One, man-made… the others, acts of nature. When you think of it though, it doesn’t really matter how they come about for both types spell disaster, damage and devastation, loss of life, injury, headaches and heartaches.

We look back on the past at what has been… the present and what is… the future and what will be, assuredly… and it could all lead to despair. It COULD, but it doesn’t. Not us. Not the faithful. Not the children of God; those whom the Lord has claimed and named as His very own in the waters of Holy Baptism.

In the appointed Introit for this weekend, we will hear these wonderful words chanted, “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!” (Psalm 31:24)

Come what may… in all of the storms of this life… “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!” Important words to consider. And we will do just that this Sunday. We hope you can join us for divine worship at 9 a.m.