Sunday, May 10, 2015
This morning Ruth, the wonderful mother of our three adult children will lead the Prayers of the People in our Christian Family Sunday worship. I watched Ruth with our daughter Jocelyn yesterday as they planned together for Joc's wedding in October. They seemed so easy in their relationship, with lots of laughter and love as they pondered and experimented. In her prayers today Ruth will remember the two sons of two families who drowned ten days ago near Deseronto, not far away. Tyler was 21 and Matthew was 26 and they were fishing. On Friday their bodies were recovered and the faint hope for their mothers and families was dashed.
The father of Matthew, Don, is a member of our congregation and he has appreciated our love and support during this time of dread and uncertainty. His family wanted him to join them first thing this morning, and while he will be with his mother and other family members this afternoon he decided that he wanted to come for worship at Bridge St. first. After church last Sunday one of our seniors joined Don and the search along the stretch of shore where the bodies were eventually recovered. We prayed for him in our service as well.
Living the Christian family is more than a day, more than an ideal. It is who we choose to be together in all our sorrows and joys, in our prayers and our actions, each and every day.