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Thank You, Lynn Mercer!

Some there are who serve and serve and serve with steadfast loyalty and good spirits. We are blessed to have such a person in Lynn Mercer. Last week, Lynn completed thirty years of service as the church’s office manager. She does so many things that keep the church operating smoothly and keep the minister out of trouble. (Lynn has an uncanny ability to know what I have overlooked or forgotten and remind me. She “bails me out” about once a week!) Please add your voice to mine in telling Lynn what a joy it is to have her as part of our church family and staff.

Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Our Children”

I hope you will consider joining me in completing the two-hour course on preventing child abuse. I decided to take the course, “Stewards of our Children,” as an act of gratitude to God for the joy I have in the children of our church family. I think of it as an act of worship which offers love to God by doing a loving thing for his children. We have no greater resource or joy than our children and protecting them should be foremost in our minds. You can complete the course on line (D2L.org), or on a Saturday morning at the church. That date will be announced soon.

                                                                                                      Dr. Chip                                                                                                                                                                                                  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------


May 26,2019 Sermon
Our Spiritual Memory
Joshua 4:1-9 I Cor. 11:23-26
     
     Several years ago, Lynne and I visited the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. It is a magnificent thing. At one end, a large arch commemorating those who fought in Europe, at the other end, a similar arch for those who fought in the Pacific. There is a semicircular row of monuments remembering the units that fought state by state. In the middle is a large, beautiful fountain that sends crystal water high into the sunlight before splashing back into the pool. But for me, the most amazing and impressive sight is a long low wall covered in gold stars. There is a small plaque that tells you each star represents 100 service men and women who died in battle. There are 4,046 stars. The sacrifice of that many lives and the grief it caused is beyond comprehension.
      It worries me that our culture has so little confidence in the lessons of the past. There is an attitude that anything that happened before the invention of the silicon chip is irrelevant to our experience now. Everything has changed, everything is new. The past has nothing to teach us. That is a dangerous lie. The one thing that has not changed at all is human nature. We are carbon copies of Adam and Eve in our pride, insecurity, and greed. We can read any story in Genesis and immediately recognize the characters, their motivations and actions. Those stories are 5,000 years old. Social media was supposed to revolutionize the way we interacted with the world, but how quickly it has been corrupted into a dangerous and unreliable place. Why? Because human nature has not changed. We are still the men and women of Genesis.
      Israel’s faith is always founded on the mighty acts of God in the past. In the darkest of times, she looks back at God’s faithfulness and draws confidence that he will continue to be faithful. Psalm after psalm relates God past actions to present troubles and then finds hope for the future. Here is one example:

“You keep my eyelids from closing;
I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
I consider the days of old,
And remember the years of long ago.
I commune with my heart in the night:
I meditate and search my spirit.
Will the Lord spurn forever?
And never again be favorable?
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I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;
I will remember your wonders of old.
I will meditate on all your works,
And muse on your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
What God is so great as our God? [Psalm 77]

      The hope for the future is founded on the memory of God’s faithfulness in the past.
      Joshua has the men build a cairn, a rock monument, at the spot where they crossed the Jordan into the promised land. It marks the place where God’s promise to Abraham is fulfilled. And Joshua tells the people, “When your children ask, what do these stones mean? Tell them, the stones mean God keeps his promises.”
Our faith memory begins in the experience of Jesus Christ. God’s promises are not symbolized by a cairn, but by a piece of bread and a cup. We are told that the future is safely held in God’s hands and we are part of that future. At the end of Paul’s explanation of the last supper, there is a sentence that sums up all of our hopes. “As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death, till he come….” The resurrected Christ is our future. He is God’s promise to us.
      For each of us, there is a spiritual memory that must be kept alive and in good order. If I forget what God has done for me in the past, then the future is frightening, overwhelming. It is only when I stop and remember the specific events of my life that I am reminded of the times when unexpected grace opened the future. Every one of us is here this morning because God has intervened against the forces that would have destroyed us. Some of those forces are on the outside, and some of those forces are on the inside. But we live with the living Christ, and our future is with him, till he come. All our experience of God in the past is summed up in this single hope for the future.
      Clarence Jordan was the author of the Cotton Patch Version of the Gospel and the founder of Koinonia Farms, an inter-racial community and ministry in rural Georgia. His work had faced vicious opposition from local racists but influenced people to live out the gospel in its full truth. Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, was one of those, and in later years, Jimmy Carter as well. When Jordan died in 1969, the local funeral directors would have nothing to do with his arrangements. He was buried in a cedar box on the Koinonia grounds. Millard Fuller presided at the service. At the end of the service, Fuller’s three-year-old daughter began singing, “Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Clarence, happy birthday to you.” How wonderfully appropriate. The death of a Christian is a beginning in the presence of God. We remember our dead on Memorial Day with a spiritual memory that believes 4,046 stars may still shine in the presence of God.









        





Welcome to YPPC!
5931 North Murray Dr.
Hanahan, SC  29410
Telephone # (843) 744-2268
Email: YPPC456@gmail.com

Rev. Dr. William F. (Chip) Summers

Worship Service: 11:00am, Sunday, June 2, 2019. 

Sermon:  “The Burden of the Day”

Scripture:  Matthew 11:28-30
    
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Several of Dr Chip's previous sermons are on the Worship Page of this website.
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CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL – 10:00 - 10:45am. We have two multi-age children’s classes. The younger children meet in the nursery and the older children meet in the former choir room.


YPPC welcomed ten new members in the first three months of 2019.