A Benediction – Jan. 17, 2016

Dr. Dumas Harshaw preaching at RMC, Jan. 17, 2016We were honored to have Dr. Dumas Harshaw, pastor at First Baptist Church on Wilmington St., bring the message this Sunday. Pastor Harshaw and Duane have been personal and spiritual friends as well as prayer partners for most of the time Duane has been a pastor at RMC. This Sunday’s service was an important part of our weekend celebration of Duane’s 10+ years of ministry at RMC, his retirement at the end of this month after 45 years of ministry in the Mennonite Church, as well as a significant birthday.

After Duane gave an introduction and read from Galatians 4:4-7, Pastor Harshaw spoke from the Word and from his heart, focusing on God’s blessing to the Israelites through Moses in Numbers 6:22-27.

The Lord Bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

This blessing is a benediction for Duane’s ministry, but also for us at Raleigh Mennonite as well as the broader church.

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