Old Brick Reformed Church, Organized 1699

490 Route 520 • P.O. Box 153 • Marlboro, NJ 07746

Office Phone: (732) 946-8860

Secretary's Email: secretary@oldbrickchurch.orgInfo

Sunday Worship: 10:00AM - 11:00AM

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May Day! May Day!

Mayday got its start as an international distress call in 1923. It was made official in 1948. It was the idea of Frederick Mockford, who was a senior radio officer at Croydon Airport in London. He came up with the idea for “mayday" because it sounded like the French word m'aider, which means “help me.”

Do you remember what was the international distress call before Mayday? I will tell you at the end of this article.

Have you ever experienced a time of great distress? Have you ever experienced a time when you cried out for help? If you have then you have a lot in common: with the Israelites; The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God.

Exodus 2:23 with Moses; Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.” Exodus 17:4 with Samuel; Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night. 1 Samuel 15:11

If you have then you have a lot in common with the Psalmist I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. Psalm 77:1 with Peter; But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Matthew 14:30 with Jesus; About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”. Matthew 27:46

When you feel overwhelmed by your circumstances, CRY OUT to God. Nothing can overcome God. So when we rely on God, nothing can overcome you. In every situation you are more than a conqueror because God deeply loves you!

Plugging into the correct power outlet, God’s Word and Spirit, won’t necessarily change your circumstances. Plugging into the power of God will give you the power to live life above your circumstances.

Pastor Rich

Before the mayday distress call existed, that is before the radio as we know it was in use, telegraph operators used the Morse Code SOS signal — three dots, three dashes, three dots — to communicate distress.

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