Toxic Choices, Healing Grace
Dear Spry Family,
Memorial Day Weekend is often thought of as the unofficial start to summer. While I'm as excited about summer as anyone, I hope we keep in mind the deeper meaning of this weekend--a time to remember and honor those who died in active military service, those willing to sacrifice their lives for freedom. To those people, many whom I will never know, I simply say thank you. I'm including a prayer below, and I encourage you to take a moment to pause and lift up these words to God in prayer.
New Worship Series
This weekend in worship we start a series called "Toxic Choices, Healing Grace." Some choices we make are like poison to the soul. Why would we want that inside us? This series will help us learn to identify what is spiritually toxic and how God can heal us and help us grow in grace.
Throughout history, Christians recognized seven vices as common areas of struggle, and as particularly harmful to our relationships and our souls. They are often grouped together and called the seven deadly sins. Although nowhere in the Bible are they listed or described exactly that way, they are all mentioned repeatedly in Scripture and we can easily understand their corrosive effects.
Learning about the remedies to these common spiritual struggles can deepen our faith and strengthen our character. That's what this series will be about--join us, and together let's see what God will do.
We are pleased to resume Communion starting next month. I've never been more eager to share in this sacred act by which Jesus nourishes our souls and makes us one with himself and one with each other. Communion will be celebrated on June 6, and from that point forward on the first Sunday of the month in all our in-person worship services.
Spry Church's Famous Chicken Corn Soup
We're having a chicken corn soup sale: $8 per quart, benefitting missions. Payment is due at the time of pick up at the School St. Campus on Tuesday, June 8th between 3 and 6pm. Orders must be placed in advance. You can use the order form at the Connection Center or contact the church office.
See you in worship this weekend!
P.S. Here's a prayer for Memorial Day: O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.