In a time when religion seems to divide people, it is a good reminder that at its best, it helps people find common ground that calls out the best in us.
This Sunday, February 3rd will mark the 75th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Dorchester, a troop transport ship filled with over 900 people. Almost 700 of them died that night after being hit by a torpedo. By all accounts, even more would have died if not for the heroic efforts of the four chaplains on board, including supplying soldiers with their own life vests when it became clear that there were not enough to go around.
The chaplains represented a diverse spectrum of faith. Among them was a Methodist Minister, a Catholic Priest, a Rabbi and a Dutch Reformed Minister. As different as their respective faiths, they worked as one in times of crisis, realizing that fidelity to their God included transcending their different beliefs and traditions when it came to serving people in need. You can read more about this event and the heroes who who emerged by clicking on this link: Four Chaplains
I am proud that our church hosted the Four Chaplains service in our community last year and that we will do the same again this year. The service will take place this Sunday, February 3 @ 3:00 in the sanctuary. You should be home in plenty of time for the Super Bowl kick-off and what better pre-game activity than honoring some real 'Patriots' and 'Giants'?