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The Lamplighter

It is an old story, but it is true and it is good.  The famous British author John Ruskin one night in his later years sat watching a lamplighter who, with a torch in hand, was lighting the lamps on a distant hill.  The man himself could not be seen, but the lights would gleam as each one was lighted.  Ruskin said to a friend, “That is what I mean by a real Christian.  You can trace their course by the lights they leave burning.”

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven.”  (Matthew 5:14-16)  Friend of Dial Hope, make today a masterpiece with your contagious enthusiasm, the light of your joy, and hope.

Let us pray:  O God of china-blue skies and dazzling sunrises, with each new day your promise of hope is restored.  Each day is like the Day of Resurrection filled with new life and hope.  Grant us the boldness to move out of comfortable security to the risk of faith, the joy of service, the laughter of love.  Now bring healing and comfort to all.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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Our Founder - Reverend Dr. Roger M. Kunkel

November 24, 1934 – June 29, 2011

Rev. Dr. Roger Kunkel was a native of Parsons, Kansas, graduated from Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, where he received an award for "Outstanding Student and Citizen". After graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary, he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois, and went on to serve as Senior Pastor in Duluth, Minnesota, and Riverside, Illinois. He served as Chaplain of Heritage Park Rehab Center in Bradenton, Florida, after retiring from his pastorate at First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota in 1998.

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