Hagerstown Church of the Brethren
15 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301-733-3565 * FAX: 301-733-3598

"Church in the Heart of the City with the City at Heart"
Continuing the work of Jesus. Peacefully. Simply. Together.

The Pastor's Pen - June 2024

“Yours is the day, yours also the night; you established the moon and the sun.
You have fixed all the bounds of the earth; you made summer and winter.”

(Psalm 74:16,17) 

As we begin the summer season, many of us are anticipating with joy the unique activities we engage in during this time of year. Outside activities: vacations, picnics, gardening, swimming, and the like are squeezed into these months. And, if it gets too hot, we can hibernate in the cool air-conditioning of our abode.

 As a pastor, I know more people will miss going to church because of the summer activities. My prayers to God for all of you that have the opportunity to get away or to do something special include safe travels, restful days and renewed spirits. As you enjoy summertime activities, and perhaps occasionally miss worship, my prayer is that you don’t take a break from God. This month, I want to share with you a prayer I found online one time when I was looking for something else. It’s entitled, “Summer Prayer”. I encourage you to keep this somewhere that you can see it and use it, and be encouraged by it to find God throughout the summer as you have opportunities to squeeze in and enjoy the unique activities of the season.

Summer Prayer (author unknown)
Creator of all, thank You for summer!
Thank You for the warmth of the sun
and the increased daylight.

Thank You for the beauty of your creation
that is all around me.
Thank You for the time to spend with family and friends
and for the more casual pace of this season.

Draw me closer to You this summer, I pray.
Remind me that no matter where I am or what I am doing
I can lift my thanks and praise and concerns to you.

Continue to warm my soul
with the awareness of Your presence
and light my path with Your Word and counsel.

As I live in your beautiful and bountiful creation,
create in me a pure heart and a hunger and a thirst for You. Amen.
Have a great Summer! See you in church.

a thirst for You. Amen.

Have a great Summer! See you in church.