Dear Lord,

In a week in which two dear people from our church, Ruth and Larry,  entered the Church Triumphant, we give thanks for their gifts to our faith community and for all who have preceded them in service to Christ at Blue Ridge Presbyterian.  Where would our faith be without those who teach, encourage, share a loving word, and otherwise help build up the body of Christ in our midst?  Help us Lord to be grateful for them, to be strengthened by their witness, and to not take those around us for granted.   Amen.


Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.   — Hebrews 12:1