According to one reporter, “1968 remains arguably the most historic year in modern American history.” It was also a historic time for the Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren churches who would merge to form the United Methodist Church. Less than a month later St. Luke’s United Methodist Church officially opened.
I wondered what was happening in the world 50 years ago, what the people of St. Luke’s were talking and praying about when this church was just forming. Here are some of the headlines from 1968:
North Korea Captures the USS Pueblo
North Vietnam Launches the Tet Offensive
Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated
Robert F. Kennedy Assassinated
First 747 “Jumbo Jet” is Introduced
Detroit Tigers Win the World Series
Olympic Athletes Protest Racism During National Anthem
American Television’s First Interracial Kiss Airs on Star Trek
Apollo 8 First Manned Spacecraft to Orbit Moon
I was too young to remember any of these events as they occurred. I skimmed a more extensive list and not surprising, Vietnam was in the news a lot. President Lyndon Johnson made a number of headlines and Richard Nixon was elected president. Indeed, 1968 was a year with events that shaped the world, as I would come to learn.
The headlines for 2018 are yet to be written. Like each new year we hope for few that report tragedies and more that celebrate good news. Newspapers and news outlets are in the business of reporting news. We are in the ministry of sharing Good News.
May our very lives bear witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ in 2018 and beyond.
Peace & Blessings,