“We have men of science, too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.”
Armistice Day speech (11 November 1948), published in Omar Bradley’s Collected Writings, Volume 1 (1967). General Bradley’s thoughts on the attitude of our world and its contradiction as to what people say they want (peace, life) compared to their actions (war, killing) indicate much about our human limitations. We have studied the secrets of this world and far too often used that knowledge against others to the extent that even a general of our armed forces was prompted to comment on it. But even in his comment, General Bradley calls attention to another area of study.
One of the greatest lessons taught by Jesus, the Sermon on the Mount, is found in the book of Matthew at Chapter 5. Jesus gives us guidelines for our attitudes (Beatitudes) and our actions toward others. They are not an easy study, dealing with tough ideas on how to respond to those who hurt us or how we ourselves need to act so that we don’t hurt others. When people truly grasp the Sermon on the Mount and reject the world’s view on knowledge, perhaps we will be able to make a new comment about people’s attitudes.
Perhaps someday we will gather in cemeteries on Memorial Day knowing more about peace than war and more about living than killing. Until then, Memorial Services will continue to be held, knowing that more graves are added each year. And we will continue to remember the lives of those who died in service to our country and pray for a peace which will not be broken. We welcome you to join us on May 25 at 12:00 pm in the Dorrance Cemetery next to Emmanuel UCC as we pay tribute to our fallen brothers and sisters.
Got stuff? We’ve got a place for you to sell it! On Saturday, May 24, from 8 am to noon, we’ll sponsor a craft show and yard sale. You can rent a table for $15 and show off your stuff. Please Note: The church is NOT collecting items to sell. We want to provide a place for you to sell your own items. So pack up all those wonderful creations you made, clean out the garage and attic, and make some money! The church will also be selling delicious breakfast items so you don’t have to browse on an empty stomach. Emmanuel is located at the intersection of Alberdeen Road and Blue Ridge Trail, across from Andy’s Gas Station. To rent a table, please call the church secretary at 570 868-5675.
On Sunday mornings, we start with Sunday School at 9:00 am for group time and then divide up for lessons, games and crafts. After Sunday School, we meet at 10:30 am for Worship Service. On May 18, our greeters will be Barb DeLuca and Carol Duffy and our liturgist will be Wayne Mast. Come, join us for worship this Sunday.
May 21 –Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm; Chancel Choir after Service at 7pm
May 24 –Craft Show/Yard Sale from 8 am to noon
May 25 –Memorial Day Service at 12:00 pm
May 28 –Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm; Chancel Choir after Service at 7:00 pm
The Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Dorrance Township houses the Food Bank for the Wapwallopen Ministerium. All contacts are kept strictly confidential as we understand each person’s need for privacy and self-esteem. If we can help you or someone you know, please call 868-5675 and we will provide nourishment for you and those you care for. Please give us at least 24-hour’s notice in order to set up an appointment.
Emmanuel United Church of Christ is located at 7768 Blue Ridge Trail at its intersection with Alberdeen Road in Dorrance Township, and we invite you to join us on Sunday mornings for Sunday School at 9:00 am and Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 am. We have a Nursery available for children to age 6 during our Worship Service. If you need directions or would like more information, please call the church office at 868-5675. Our church is handicapped accessible.
If you are in need of pastoral care, please call Pastor Penny Dollar at 570-706-6476 or the church office at 570-868-5675.E-mail access is firstname.lastname@example.org our website is emmanuel-ucc.org.