May 20, 2015 – Special Memorial Day Sunday service at 10am at Nantucket Methodist
Sent by Figawi on behalf of Nantucket Methodist Church:
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Greetings Figawi Participants Past and Present,
Just wanted to give you ‘heads up’ about a very special Sunday coming up at 10am this Sunday, May 24th.
For many, Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the Summer season and a long weekend with family and friends. Here on Nantucket, it’s also marked by the annual charity fundraising event, the Figawi Sailing Festival from Cape Cod to the island. But long before Figawi was a charitable festival there was another meaning to the Memorial Day weekend it was a time to remember and honor all those who gave their lives in service to this country during time of war.
In recent years, Memorial Day has expanded to include honoring wounded warriors and all veterans, too, thanks in part to the support of the Figawi Sailing Festival and the tireless efforts of Nantucket’s Holidays for Heroes, which involves wounded warriors in the sailing gala and weekend events. What a wonderful way to pay tribute to these brave veterans. It’s also a good time to remember our men and women of the national guard and reserves and those who are first responders. Heroism is not constrained by rank or the color of a uniform but encompasses all who selflessly do their duty and service to our country and communities.
We’ve all seen how different the world is when it comes to such basic rights as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of petition, and legal fairness. Those are basic rights that are the birthright of every American and that are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, that we know through the first ten amendments. Sadly, not everyone in the world shares those fundamental values. More troubling, there have always been those who seek to silence those who do believe in those basic tenets of a free society. When that happens, our country has relied on the bravery and courage of men and women to defend those values at all costs, and if necessary, with their lives as well.
That’s why this coming Sunday, May 24, in addition to the many wonderful events taking place on Nantucket this weekend, we will have a special Memorial Day Sunday service at 10am at the Nantucket Methodist Church at 2 Centre Street here on Nantucket. We will sing patriotic songs that are in the hymnal and also have a special Memorial Day Litany as well. We want to pay tribute to not only our fallen heroes but also to our wounded warriors and all veterans and their families, too. This special service is open to the public, too.
If you can be with us on Sunday morning at 10am, we look forward to seeing you then but if you can’t be at Sunday’s special Memorial Day service for whatever reason, I hope you’ll find a way to pay tribute in your own way, whether in a worship service elsewhere, or some time during this weekend to utter a silent prayer on behalf of those who gave so much on our behalf that we might be free.
I invite you to forward this email along to anyone else who might be looking for a way to mark Memorial Day Sunday morning in a meaningful way that honors and pays respect to those who have made it possible for all of us to enjoy the freedoms we have and the peace to worship, each in their own way, without fear, intimidation, or threat. That’s a debt that we owe so many who have given so much.
As always, thank you for your tireless support of a great and historic church, and for your prayers and presence as well.
Hope to see you Sunday! Regardless, I wish you Godspeed and in the words of Nantucket mariners, “greasy luck” and a fair wind,
Scott Washington, Interim, Nantucket Methodist Church
Questions? You can always leave a message on the church phone: 508-228-1882 and my cell phone # for texts or calls is: 919-357-4192.
FYI-For those unfamiliar with the history of this great church which has been a part of community events since its inception, There’s even intriguing speculation that the 18th century building that forms the superstructure of the church (and predates the 1823 construction date,) may have come from a former North Carolina Anglican church building that was the scene of a constitutional convention in 1788 that proved pivotal to Americans having a Bill of Rights included in the U.S. Constitution. That’s even more reason to pay a visit if you haven’t done so before. Real history happens here. All are Welcome.