I Am My Brother’s Keeper

Will you let me be your servant, let me be as Brother to you?
Plead that I might have the grace to let you be my servant, too.
We are pilgrims on a journey, we are travelers on the same road.
We are here to help each other walk the mile and bear each other’s load.
I will hold the Masonic lights for you in the night time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear.
I will weep when you are weeping, when you laugh, I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow till we’ve seen our journey through.
When we sing to the Almighty, we shall find such harmony, born of all we’ve known together of Masonic love and agony.
Will you let me be your servant, let me be as a Masonic brother to you?
Pray that I might have the grace to let you be my servant, too.

May the peace of the Almighty rule in your heart.

Brother, Kenneth F. Hudson, Sr.
Chaplain Lodge 43

Message from the East 9/3/20

September 3, 2020
Brethren,
Unfortunately, I have been directed by the Grand Lodge to cancel the September Stated Meeting that was planned to be held at the Lancaster Masonic Center on September 9, 2020 at 7:30 pm. This cancellation was directed by the PA Grand Lodge in conjunction with the advisement of the District 1 Safety Committee. This cancellation is Covid-19 Virus Health related. Lodge No. 43 is working towards having an October Stated Meeting on 10/14/2020. I will communicate the information on this Meeting as it develops. Please be safe Brethren.

Fraternally,

Paul M. Allen
Worshipful Master
Lodge No. 43 F. &A.M.

Message from the East August 2020

Brethren,

The times we are enduring are unprecedented. We can only imagine, given the length of our Lodge’s History, that Lodge No. 43 has had many difficult times. What we are experiencing right now has to be recognized as a difficult time. This Lodge has faced wars, political disputes, disease, and natural disasters. Brethren, we are living through a pandemic that cannot be ignored. There is a new definition of “what is safe?” Our safety can be jeopardized by breathing, touching or ingesting this invisible enemy. Our way conducting our everyday life has been interrupted.
Can I guarantee my Brothers safety? I have been struggling with this question a lot. As Worshipful Master, I must make difficult decisions that could affect the wellbeing of those who I truly care about. Should I have a Meeting and risk anyone with the exposure to this virus? This is a great question and I am not alone in the asking of it. I am following the direction of our Masonic Hierarchy. I will strive to provide the best environment possible to conduct our business.

Brethren, Be Safe

Fraternally,

Paul M. Allen
Worshipful Master
Lodge No. 43 F. &A.M.

Message from the East

Brethren,
Due to the present conditions of the COVID-19 Virus outbreak, our Governor has mandated that no meetings or gatherings of more than 25 people are allowed. This is also dependent on the size of the gathering area and maintaining the 6 foot social distancing. This creates a challenge for our Lodge. The challenge is due to the fact that we normally have 60 or so Members present for our Stated Meetings. Therefore, there will not be a Stated Meeting in August. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, by the Order of R.W. Grand Master Thomas Gamon, IV has given the PA Masonic Lodges the authority to pay bills and conduct all other necessary business that is needed to keep the Lodges operating through this crisis.
The R.W. Grand Master has directed the Masonic Districts and each Lodge to appoint safety committees to properly recommend safety practices be utilized for the PA Lodges to meet under the guidelines of the PADOH (Pennsylvania Department of Health) and  CDC (Centers for Disease control).
These Safety Committees have been appointed and the Chairmen and Members are listed below. I have included in this campaign the safety guidelines that are in place currently. Please note the safety guidelines are a moving target and can be subject to change daily.
On August 1, 2020, the Lancaster Masonic Center suffered a sprinkler pipe event on the fourth floor in the West side of the Blue Lodge Room. Water flooded the area and leaked down through the floors of the building. The damage was contained and a restoration company was called in by the Masonic Center Board of Governors. The damage will most likely make the Masonic Center unusable for Meetings for several months. The damage is still being investigated. It was reported to me that the Lodge No. 43 property damage is mainly some furniture. Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Lodge No. 43 and its Officers wish the best for all our Members and their Families. Promoting the safety of our Members is our number one priority. We will continue to follow the advice of our District and Lodge Safety Committees as we move forward through this pandemic crisis.

If someone is in need of help, please contact me at:
paulmallen43@gmail.com
484-832-8780

or our Secretary at:
SECY0043@pagrandlodge.org.

The Lodge No. 43 phone number (717) 316-0043 is now connected to a live answering system. The Lodge Secretary can now answer this phone if he is available. Leave a message if he is not available at the time of your call.
Lodge No. 43 has been and will continue to be proactive in its approach to communication during this time of pandemic. We are utilizing Zoom video chat meetings to keep the communications of our Officers and Committees open and continue to address Lodge business. The First District has also been using this form of communication with great success.
Please continue to use the safety guidelines set by the medical experts to prevent the spread of this terrible outbreak. Reach out to the other Members of our Lodge, check on them, and report to us so we can provide any help that is necessary.

Paul M. Allen
Worshipful Master

Lodge No. 43 F.& A.M.
Lancaster, PA

The Fourth of July

Our National Anthem may be difficult to sing, but it has a rousing message that thrills the heart as few songs do. It was written by a great Christian, Francis Scott Key (1779-1843). He was born in 1779 in Maryland and grew up in a Christian home. As a child, he read the Bible by the hour.

After graduating from college, Key was torn between entering the ministry or practicing law. After a long struggle, he chose law. As a young attorney, he was severely criticized for arguing the cases of slaves in court. He became a successful attorney in Washington D.C., where his brother-in-law, Roger B. Taney, was Chief Justice of the United States.
Francis Scott Key was a devout Christian. Twice every day he led his family in Bible study and prayer. He was an active member of his church in Washington. In 1824, he helped to found the American Sunday School Union, which was instrumental in founding Sunday Schools across the nation. He served as its vice president for 18 years.

All of his life he tithed his income. On his deathbed, he instructed his wife about tithing his remaining money. He wrote letters to his wife and children, to be read after his death in 1843. He urged his children to be faithful to Christ. He wrote, “Remember that you do not possess yourselves, Christ has bought you and His precious blood was your price.”
Today the U.S. flag flies 24 hours a day over his grave and monument at Frederick, Maryland. He was an outstanding patriot, and a loyal Christian.

Now think back with me to the occasion that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner,” our National Anthem. During the War of 1812, the British overcame American forces in Canada and then captured Washington, D.C., where they burned the White House to the ground, and forced the federal government to flee.
As the British fleet savaged Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore was about to fall. It if fell into the enemy’s hands the United States would be crippled.

​​​​​​​On September 15, 1814, Francis Scott Key, by then a young attorney, was negotiating with the British for the release of a prisoner. While Key was held on board an enemy ship, waiting for a reply, the British bombarded Ft. McHenry all night long.
Against the blackness of the night, Key watched “bombs bursting in air.” He prayed for America, “Please, God, it has been Thy grace that has made our country strong. Preserve Thy handiwork and help us to stand as free men.”
As the sun came up the next morning, Key looked out through the fog and battle smoke – and was thrilled to see the American flag still waving over the fort! He took a letter out of his pocket and wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the back of the envelope. It became a popular patriotic song. In 1931 Congress made it our National Anthem.

The second stanza ends with these words:
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just;
And this be our motto: In God is our trust!
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

LODGE 43 IS KNOWN BY THE LOVE WE DEMONSTRATE FOR ONE ANOTHER…

May the peace of God rule in your heart.

Kenneth F. Hudson, Lodge No. 43 Chaplain