MEMORIAL DAY, MAY 30TH
WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared it should be May 30. It is believed the date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The ceremonies centered around the mourning - draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.
At Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church, we support people as they seek to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are an American Baptist Church in partnerships with American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island and American Baptist Churches, USA. We are ecumenically minded and seek opportunities for worship and service with other community churches.
Our church welcomes diverse families. We provide for Christian Education (Sunday School) for school aged children, as well as a nursery for pre-school children during worship services.
A very important part of our worship at Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church is our music program. We have been blessed with a strong music ministry consisting of a Sanctuary Choir, Hand bell Choir, two organists, and many musically talented members who readily share their gifts during the worship services throughout the year.
At the conclusion of worship every Sunday all are invited to the fellowship hall to join in conversation and refreshments.
Oak Lawn Community Baptist Church is located at 229 Wilbur Avenue in Cranston. We warmly invite you to worship with us on a Sunday morning at 9:30 am. Until then, may our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ richly bless you!
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A Call To Prayer!
Matthew 24:8 tells us, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.”
This letter is not intended to be a prophetic word about where we are on God's timetable, only God knows the “day and hour” when Jesus will come again. But, the church throughout the ages has always looked forward to that glorious day and so should we!
Revelation 22:20 reads, “The One who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
With that in mind, we know that while we as the people of God dwell on this earth, there will be challenges along the way. The people of Ukraine are going through tremendous difficulty at this time as war continues to wage against them. I want to encourage you to join me in continuing to pray for the believers in Ukraine daily along with those who are being touched by their witness.
According to recent polls, a very high percentage of the population, over 86%, profess to be believers in Ukraine. In fact, Ukraine has the highest percentage of evangelical Christians in Eastern Europe today, many serving as missionaries.
I believe God’s hand is upon the people of Ukraine.
Mary Ackroyd and I recently shared a desire we both feel to gather at our Peace Pole to pray for the people of Ukraine. Hopefully, we can do that following worship soon.
There is power in prayer!
Matthew 18:18 reads, “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
So let us commit to praying everyday that hearts will soften, and peace will prevail, but most of all, that the gospel of Christ will permeate the earth!
There is a legend, that at the time of the Crucifixion, the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees. So firm and strong was the tree that it was chosen as the timber of the cross.
That it was used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree. Jesus, nailed upon it, sensed this, and in His gentle pity for all sorrow and suffering said to it "Because of your regret and pity for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted, and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross... two long and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns,
and all who see it will remember."
Submitted by: Robin Butzier