Mon, May 30|
Rock Hall Church Tent
Memorial Weekend Community Worship and Picnic
Join us for worship and a picnic. Stay for the horseshoe challenge!
Time & Location
May 30, 2022, 10:00 AM EDT
Rock Hall Church Tent, 5730 N Main St, Rock Hall, MD 21661, USA
About the event
Due to weather, we will gather under the tent at Rock Hall Church.
"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends."
Join us on Sunday May 30th for a special community worship service and picnic as we remember and honor those who have made this greatest sacrifice.
After worship we will share a potluck picnic. The churches will provide fried chicken and paper products, we ask folks to bring a side dish to share (and a chair for worship if you'd like).
Memorial Day, perhaps more than any other holiday, was born of human necessity. Deep inside all of us lies a fundamental desire to make sense of life and our place in it and the world. What we have been given, what we will do with it and what we will pass to the next generation is all part of an unfolding history, a continuum that links one soul to another.
Abraham Lincoln pondered these thoughts in the late fall of 1863. His darkest fear was that he might well be the last president of the United States, a nation embroiled in the self-destruction of what he described as "a great civil war..testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure." He began his remarks with those words as he stood on the battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19th of that year.
The minute’s speech that became known as Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address turned into what might be called the first observance of Memorial Day. Lincoln’s purpose that day was to dedicate a portion of the battlefield as a cemetery for the thousands of men, both living and dead, who consecrated that soil in the sacrifice of battle. Said Abraham Lincoln: "That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause which they gave the last full measure of devotion...that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom..."