Memorial Day

Good People of West Parish,

It’s hard to believe that Memorial Day weekend is almost here!

Sometimes called “the official beginning of summer“, it’s often a time for us to relax outdoors, clean off the barbecue grill, see friends, or have an extra day off from work. For me, it will be a regular weekend of preparing for church and being in worship with many of you!

This Sunday we will be exploring the remarkable story of Jesus healing the man by the pool (John 5:1-9), but I also want to acknowledge Memorial Day.  As we know, it’s a day to remember and honor those who died while serving our country – but many of us also remember all of our beloved dead.

In whatever way we mark the day, may we recall the ways that Jesus offers us healing, the ways he calls our communities to peace and reconciliation, the ways he calls us to honor one another.   Together, may we continue to live out these ideals.