Dear New Horizon Family,
Yesterday I entered the foyer of our Church and discovered a flying astronaut and a suspended moon! At least six children were up a ladder, and there were loads of volunteers and a room filled with laughter and fun. The gift of creativity and young people in a Worship space is sheer joy. Sacred Space is a deep part of our Christian Journey. From Calvary, looking back to Mt Zion, where the followers of God know that Scripture reminds us that there is a ‘city of refuge’ for Us. As we continue to fulfil the Great Commission to make disciples for the transformation of the world, it’s good to be reminded that our hope abounds when we become a place of refuge. I am sure next week, our VBS Stellar Week will be spectacular, and I ask you to join me in praying that everyone who attends in any way will truly experience a holy place!
On Sunday, we will honor Fathers by listening to the lived testimonies of our friends.
As I close today, I am reminded that the Church has been in the forefront of remembering Juneteenth (June 19, 1865) – The oldest known African-American celebration. On June 19, 1865, slaves in Galveston, Texas, received word of their emancipation two months after the Civil War had ended, and two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had gone into effect on January 1, 1863. Today we beat the drums of our lives as I close with the call to Worship prepared for us through the UMC Discipleship Ministries
The Lord our God is great.
The Lord is worthy of our praise.
Come; let us remember the great things God has done for us.
Let us not neglect to teach our children the greatness of God.
Let us not forget our past and those who have gone before us.
We remember our ancestors, our history, our Africa; and we name our future.
Let us lift up our voices in song, lift our arms in praise,
and open our hearts in gratitude.
Let us greet God with our lives as a gift of praise.
Much love Jacqui