Memorial Day – One Day and Every Weekend

Memorial Day in the church? Both men and God died so that we could have life. Remembering our men who have fallen as well as Christ.

As Jesus and his disciples were eating the Last Supper in the Upper Room “Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:26-28

Each weekend, in many church services around the world we remember what Jesus did for us on the cross, his death, burial, and resurrection through eating the bread and drinking the juice (Communion). In a way each weekend is a Memorial Day of Christ.

Each year in America we take a day to remember those who fallen for our country – Memorial Day. As the Church we also take a day to remember Christ. Our military fought and died so we could have freedom to worship Christ, so that we could live and not be persecuted for this. Christ died on the cross so that we could have life eternally. Both men and God died so that we could have life.

Some say “you shouldn’t honor Memorial Day in church services,” while others say “you should honor Memorial Day in church services.” We are a united people, we are One Nation Under God, not two. The Church and America is one even though we sometimes feel divided our foundations are both on God.

I personally believe that the church remember those who have fallen for our country because they died so that we could worship God freely without persecution. Remembering them.

America’s Memorial Day comes once a year. The church’s Memorial Day is each weekend. Honoring those who died so that we could have life.

Remember.

Remember America,

Remember those who fought so that we could have Jesus as our foundation in this country,

Remember those who died.

Remember Christ who shed his blood, died on the cross, was buried, and rose again so that we could have life in Him.

A day to remember those who fought for our country once a year and a day to remember Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection once a week through communion.

Remember.

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Posted on May 30, 2010, in Seasons & Holidays. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I do believe that the church should be the leaders in remembering our veterans and especially those that have given their lives. These men and women are heroes. I always get emotional when I recount stories that I have been told about our soldiers and I am always in awe when I realize what they go through for me. I am grateful that they give of themselves selflessly and sacrificially.

    I shared some thoughts about Memorial Day. You can read them here: http://larrywestfall.com/memorial-day-a-day-to-remember-our-heroes/#comments

    • Hey Larry, Thanks for commenting and sharing the link to what you posted on your blog. The story about the grandmother helped me take time to remember and gave an image of what Memorial Day means. Thinking about Memorial Day reminds me of Jesus who gave himself for us. I think it’s pretty cool that people just like us are willing to fight for our country. That amazes me.

  2. I didn’t do a Memorial Day sermon or anything. Sometimes I have a hard time with themed sermons. It’s like they know the ending already. I am not criticizing others for doing this.

    But I did take a moment and say the reason we are here is to worship God and the reason we can do so freely is because of the people who gave their lives in service of our country.

    God Bless all service men and women.

    • I think the main point is to at least recognize our service men and woman and those who gave their life for our country sometime in the service. Don’t necessarily have to have the sermon, songs, or whole service themed around it. Thank you for honoring them Kevin.

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