Memorial Day Responsive Prayer

A BLESSED AND SAFE MEMORIAL DAY TO ALL IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO SERVED OUR MILITARY SO FAITHFULLY 
 
(from lcms.org)
 
P: Lord God, You have sustained our nation in the past and continue to bless us. We recall how so many have given their lives for the cause of freedom. Men and women continue to sacrifice and serve in the armed forces.  Today, we pause to reflect and honor those who gave or who continue to sacrifice so much in the defense of our freedom to be faithful.
 
C: We remember the great courage and selfless service of so many throughout history who have  answered the call to serve. We remember their honorable sacrifice for the freedom of others. Comfort the families who mourn the loss of loved ones. Comfort also those who suffer permanent injuries as a result of serving our nation in the military.
 
P: We remember with thankfulness the millions of Americans who give so generously of their life and labor in times of national conflict, particularly the family members of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen.
 
C: We are grateful for the devotion and sacrifices of military families. Grant us the resources and willing hearts to support them. 
P: Lord, You prayed earnestly for Your disciples, that they would be kept in Your name, filled with joy and sanctified in Your Word of truth.
 
C: Keep our chaplains in Your name. Fill them with the joy that comes from knowing You have defeated sin and death. Sanctify their ministry in Your Word of truth.
 
P: Gracious Lord, we ask for Your strength for our chaplains who serve in the wounded-warrior wards and in our military hospitals as they provide pastoral care to hurting and wounded veterans and their families.
 
C: Lord, mend the wounds of all who suffer in body, mind or spirit. Grant their physicians knowledge and wisdom as they seek the best treatments for patients’ suffering.
 
P: God of mercy, grant patience and insight to our chaplains who serve in all branches of our armed forces. Only through Your sustaining love can they move out daily with confidence and joy. These and all things we ask through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and rules with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
 
 
The peace of the Lord be with you   -Rev. Brian Dupre, Pastor, SOTC

Studying Christianity Differently

Hi SOTC Family!

I am happy to share this Christian Education PowerPoint with everyone. This is an original education presentation created for my art high school students. I have modified it for the church family. I thought you might enjoy something a little different with studying Christianity. Enjoy! Margo Dupre

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Inspirationals

Dolly Parton shocking the crowd and leaving the CMA’s 1989 attenders in tears by singing Don Francisco’s “He’s Alive!”… the rocks cry out…” https://www.facebook.com/290370087715550/posts/2874856789266854/?vh=e&d=n Submitted by Nancy Faith.

The Mississippi Children’s Choir “His Eye Is On the Sparrow” on YouTube https://youtu.be/Q_8pUqXADTE   Submitted by Ava Davis.

“I Will Fear No More” by The Afters to YouTube. You can watch it by clicking on the link below. Submitted by Nancy Faith.

 

Follow-Up From Shadow of the Cross Serving Communion on May 10, 2020

The process of Communion on Mother’s Day ran like a well-oiled machine.  The church was sanitized beforehand, there were hand-sanitizing stations, and the church was marked off for social distancing.  Pastor Dupre and the elders did an excellent job serving communion.  Although we know that our Triune God is everywhere, I am sure it was an awesome feeling to be back in the House of God again. I am happy to report we had 72 people in attendance for communion on Mother’s Day.  We serve an awesome God!

The Scholarship/Merit Awards Celebration will be Rescheduled

The Scholarship/Merit Awards Celebration scheduled for June 28 will be re-scheduled. However, our youth and young adults are encouraged to submit applications for the awards: 

Topic“The Christian Challenges of 2020” 

  • High School, Middle School Grads, others: 150 words + Bible verses
  • High School Grads: 200 words + Bible verses
  • College Students: 300 words + Bible verses

Scholarships/Merit awards range from $50 to $500.