Barbara, may the Lord give you many years, good health, multiplied friends, and the deep peace of the Lord.
As most of you know, today is another birthday for me. Actually, I’m celebrating the third anniversary of my 22nd year + 1. 🙂
There are many Facebook friends that I wrote personal notes to this morning, thanking them for their well-wishes for me on this day.
A person can never have too many friends. I pray that I’ll be a true and faithful friend in return.
Thank you TFR friends for your friendship as well. You are a bright light in an otherwise dark world. May God richly bless you and your work in the kingdom. I’m reminded of the encouraging words of the apostle Paul:
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
At the Montana Street congregation, one of our elders presents the announcements right before the last song of the service is sung.
The announcements consists of the following:
1) A prayer list of those members who are ill, in the hospital, or homebound.
2) An announcement regarding our monthly luncheon on the first Sunday of every month.
3) The Bible Question Of The Week.
4) A list of the members who have birthdays or anniversaries during the month.
5) Any area-wide congregational singing.
6) Any area-wide gospel meeting.
7) Needed grocery items for the food pantry.
We usually do what the birthday person wants. Of course, when they get older they would rather spend it with their significant other than with their parents. I’m really the one that has the most concrete ritual. I’ve had spaghetti on my birthday for nearly 40 years. It cannot be missed.
One curious thing. My wife and I have birthdays the weeks of our Gospel Meetings in April and October every year. I missed the meeting by one day this year. 🙂
“Let them eat cake!”
That pretty well sums up our rituals around here for the kiddos (lots of cake & ice cream for any family members who want to join us). The wife & I usually go out to eat on our birthdays.
No birthday rituals for me except for the wife’s birthday.