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June’s Newsletter

Dear Friends,

As the nation begins to open up and all that goes with it, may we remember that God is the source of our strength and guidance. As I was pondering this, I came upon a prayer that Peter Marshall prayed over the nation during WWII. I thought it appropriate for us today:

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“Our Father, we pray for this land. We need Thy help in this time of testing and uncertainty, when humans who could fight together on the field of battle seem unable to work together around conference tables for peace.

May we begin to see that all…begins in being Christian; that life can have no other foundation, as it has no other roots…

We would pray that all over this land there may be a return to the faith of those men and women who trusted in God as they faced the perils and dangers of the frontier, not alone in crossing the continent, in building their cabins, in rearing their families, in eking out a livelihood, but in raising a standard of faith to which others have been willing to repair down through the years…

Make us, the citizens of this land, want to do the right things. Make us long to have right attitudes. Help us to be Christian in our attitudes. Let all that we do and say spring out of understanding hearts.

Make us willing to seek moral objectives together, that in united action this nation may be as resolute for righteousness and peace…

Bless those who bear responsibility. May they be led by Thee to do that which is right rather than that which is expedient or politically wise. Save us from politicians who seek only their own selfish interests. Illumine the minds of management as well as labor, that there may be an end to selfishness and greed, to the stupidity of humans who are unable to find in reasonable agreement solutions to the problems that plague us.

Bless this land that we love so much, our Father, and help her to deposit her trust, not in armies or navies, in wealth and material resources, or in achievements of the human mind, but in that righteousness which alone exalts any nation, and by which alone peace can finally come to us. This we ask in that name that is above every name, Thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.”

May we work together to lift those who are alone and those in need. May we demonstrate in our actions that we are grounded in grace, living in love, and growing for God here at St. Andrew.

Your faithful servant,
Pastor Mark