Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is a day on the civil calendar for remembering and honoring those who have given their lives in battle. The day is also known as Decoration Day for the custom of placing flags at the graves of the patriotic dead. Without legitimating war, there is resonance with the gospel reading: "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends."
The day can be an occasion of healing hurt and connecting with the rawness of loss. Participation in public observance offers Christians the opportunity to get outside our churchy bubble and be present with, and to, others as they struggle to come to terms with war, loss, devastation, and what it all means.
We are glad you are worshipping with us. May you feel close to God who is near even if we are far apart. May God Bless you and Keep you.