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

 

From The Chair of the Chaplain Lodge 43: Faith

“IT’S GOING TO BE ALRIGHT”

Greetings in the Name that is above all names,

This message to you today is all about FAITH.  Understanding we are living in perilous times.  Moreover, sometimes the only thing we can grab hold to what little faith we can muster up.

We consider a reading of Albert Mackey’s text on the subject of Faith as it pertains to Freemasonry. Distilled to a single word, Mackey gets to the essence of what that faith means in the fraternity and why it is so critical to the becoming of an Apprentice mason.

(Good Reading, use this downtime to research this topic)

In the theological ladder, the explanation of which forms a part of the instruction of the First Degree of Masonry, faith is said to typify the lowest round. Faith, here, is synonymous with confidence or trust, and hence we find merely a repetition of the lesson which had been previously taught that the first, the essential qualification of a candidate for initiation, is that he should trust in God.

In the lecture of the same Degree, it is said that “Faith may be lost in sight; Hope ends in fruition; but Charity extends beyond the grave, through the boundless realms of eternity And this is said, because as faith is “the evidence of things not seen,” when we see we no longer believe by faith but through demonstration; and as hope lives only in the expectation of possession, it ceases to exist when the object once hoped for is at length enjoyed, but charity, exercised on earth in acts of mutual kindness and forbearance, is still found in the world to come, in the sublime form of mercy from God to his erring creatures.

Now, It is your turn to seek those things that will increase and strengthen your faith. Here are a few suggestions to assist you and your family on your journey as you travel in this storm.

*Talk others about your uncertainties, and together there may be a resolution for all.

*Use this time to dive deeper into your spiritual experience. You may restore previous successful experiences.

*Turn a deaf ear to bad and unpleasant news. Speak words of enlightening, to uplift others around you.

If you have any questions or need to talk with me, please text or e-mail me anytime day or night.

Your brother in times of need…

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

Covid-19 Update

From the office of the RWGM of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania.

Due to ongoing concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, effectively immediately and until further notice, I am directing any and all lodge activities be cancelled, including, but not limited to: extra, special and/or stated lodge meetings; social functions; schools of instruction, etc., as well as youth group and community meetings/events that may be scheduled in your lodge building. Lodge officers may pay lodge bills in the ordinary course without lodge approval. This will be in effect until the end of April, by which time we will evaluate the situation and provide additional guidance as needed.

More information and the complete press release can be found: https://pagrandlodge.org/coronavirus-covid-19/

Lodge 43 Community Needs Grant Application 2020

Application Deadline is March 31, 2020

2020 Lodge 43 Community Needs Grant Application for Financial Assistance

Name of Organization

Mailing Address

Primary

Contact Phone

Number

E-Mail Address

Web Site

Mission and Brief History of Organization:

Is this your first grant application to our Club ? Yes No

Is the organization a 501C3 status? Yes No Tax

ID#

Number of Employees: Number of Volunteers:

Other Sources of Financial Support (e.g. United Way,

etc.)

Amount Requested: $

Intended Use of Funds: (Please include a description of the number, ages and character of the people who will most benefit from this assistance)

Other Supporting Information:

The following items should accompany your proposal:

1. A cover letter using your organization’s stationery.

2. A roster of your Board of Directors and Officers.

3. A current budget for the organization.

I AFFIRM THAT ALL INFORMATION GIVEN ON THIS APPLICATION IS CORRECT I AFFIRM THAT ALL INFORMATION GIVEN ON THIS APPLICATION IS CORRECT AND ANY FUNDS RECEIVED FROM LODGE 43 WILL BE USED FOR THE STATED PURPOSE

Signature

Title

Date

Please send the completed request to:

Secretary, Lodge 43 216 West Chestnut Street

Lancaster, PA 17603 All applications must be received by March 31, 2020