“May” We Enjoy the Pleasure of Your Presence With Us in Worship and Fellowship and Service at Celebration Presbyterian Church during MAY 2019?
APRIL SHOWERS…BRING MAY FLOWERS…AND MUCH, MUCH MORE…
Thoughts of MAY have lyrics of a beloved hymn running through my mind so I want to share them.
ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL (Hymn No. 20 in our Glory to God hymnal)
Refrain: All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.
1 Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings, God made their glowing colors, God made their tiny wings. [Refrain]
2 The purple-headed mountain, the river running by, the sunset, and the morning that brightens up the
3 The cold wind in the winter, the pleasant summer sun, the ripe fruits in the garden, God made them every one. [Refrain]
4 God gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell how great is God Almighty, who has made all things well. [Refrain]
In his book on hymns, Albert Bailey writes of this particular one, “For once Mrs. Alexander has forgotten her theology and lost herself in the beauty of nature” (The Gospel in Hymns, 354). Many of us, if not all, have had these moments. Whether we’re in a park, on a mountain, at the sea or a lake, or simply driving down the highway with a glorious sunset behind us, it is not difficult to find ourselves lost in the beauty of God’s creation. These scenes should bring to mind Genesis 1:31: “And God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Albert Bailey is perhaps mistaken when he claims that Alexander forgot her theology in the writing of these verses. For when we are in the midst of God’s creation, are our ideas of who God is not being shaped by all that we see? God made a good creation, and God loves it. Our God is a good God, who gives us good things, and then tasks us with taking care of them. Our God is imaginative, and God’s creation is both whimsical and sometimes startlingly majestic. Let us lift our voices in praise to our maker, the creator of all things bright and beautiful.
MAY ALSO BRINGS RELAY FOR LIFE, MOTORCYCLE BLESSING, MOTHER’S DAY AND MEMORIAL DAY!
RELAY FOR LIFE — Saturday, May 4, (11 a.m.–11 p.m.) The walk will be held at Patriot Park at Market Common. Team Celebration will be on hand and everyone is invited to come out in support of RELAY!
BIKE AND BIKER BLESSING – Saturday, May 11, (10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) Ruling Elder Terry Baker, Pastor Tom Dendy and the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club of Myrtle Beach will help Celebration host a BLESSING FOR MOTORCYCLES AND RIDERS. This event is open to any and all area motorcycle enthusiasts, church members, friends, neighbors, visitors and guests. Help spread the INVITATION to share in this time of fellowship, worship/blessing, and a free light luncheon provided by our church and the Blue Knights. So rev your motorcycles, raise your kickstands and cruise on in for a BIKE AND BIKER BLESSING. (*Saturday, May 18 is our RAIN DATE.*)
Sunday, May 12 is Mother’s Day — Honor your MOM by worshipping (11:00 a.m.) at Celebration!
Monday, May 27 is MEMORIAL DAY – Honoring Our Armed Services and Ushering in the Tourist Season.
MAY – GOD BLESS US ALL!