Category Archives: IBC

Interboro Breakfast Club and Class of 1969 Reunions

Blessing for IBC Breakfast September 23, 2017

Yesterday was the start of autumn.  We look forward to the rich colors of the leaves in just about every imaginable hue.  God is using his paintbrush again.

Let us pray.

Father in heaven, we thank you for this wonderful time of year when the fall harvests arrive and provide us with an abundance of food for our tables.

Thank you for providing a safe place for all of us to gather and share our love and lives with each other.

We ask you to bless our classmates who were unable to join us.  We pray for healing for those who are ill and comfort for the families of our classmates that are no longer here on earth.

Please bless the food we are about to share and also those who prepare and serve it.

LORD, bless our time as we break bread together.

We pray our friends of the Jewish faith have a blessed Rosh Hashanah.

We ask all of this in the name of your Son, Jesus.

Amen

Blessing for IBC Breakfast August 19 2017

Steve Shockley:

With the sudden passing of our dear classmate, Guy Reckeweg, we are reminded of just how fragile and un-guaranteed our lives are…that is, none of us have ever been promised or guaranteed a tomorrow.

This is why I’m so grateful for our monthly IBC.  We have the chance every month to let each other know how much they’re appreciated, how much they have influenced and improved our own lives.  There should never be a time when any of us say  “Gee…I wish I had said something”.

Fred Hoot:

Let us pray.

Father in heaven, we hold up to you Guy Reckeweg’s family. Please wrap your arms of lovingkindness around them and comfort them. Please give them strength and understanding to get through their untimely loss of Guy. Also, please comfort his classmates and friends.

Father, we thank you for the precious lives you have given us. We thank you for providing us with this place and time to gather and share our lives and love with each other. We are so grateful for all you have given us.

Lord, please bless all of our classmates who were unable to be here with us and heal all those who are suffering.

As we prepare to break bread together, please bless the food, both physical and spiritual, you have provided for us. Also, please bless the people who are preparing our food and those who are serving us today.

We ask all of this in the name of your Son, Jesus.

Amen.

P.S.  I thank you for those who are having Scrapple for me this morning as I prepare for the best substitute I have here in California: a fried SPAM sandwich. I love you all! – Fred

Blessing for IBC Breakfast July 22, 2017

This month we have celebrated Independence Day. The Declaration of Independence, the sacrifices of those who fought for our freedom throughout our history and the Bill of Rights which allow us to enjoy our God-given rights.

Let us pray.

Father in heaven, we thank you for a place to live that gives us the freedom to worship and partake in the inalienable rights you have given us.

We thank you for our freedom and ask you to bless the souls who have sacrificed much for us. In particular we ask you to bless our classmates Frederick Leopold, Donald Rees and their families.

Lord, please bless all of those who are with us today and also those who were unable to join us.  Bless our time as we break bread together and share our lives and love with each other.

Please bless the food we are about to receive and those who prepare and serve it.

We thank you in the name of your Son, Jesus, for all you have provided for us.

Amen

IBC Breakfast Blessing for June 24, 2017

Summer is here. It conjures up visions of gardens, breaking the ends off of green beans, Bar-B-Qs and other summer pastimes. Stay safe and don’t do anything that starts with “Hold my beer and watch this…”

Let us pray.

Father in heaven, we thank you for the seasons in weather and also in our lives. We also thank you for providing us with spiritual sustenance as wee as food for our bodies.

We ask you to keep us safe through the summer and grant travel mercies for those who will be traveling.

Thank you for providing a safe place to gather and share our love and lives with each other.

Please bless everyone present and those who were unable to attend. We also ask for healing and comfort for our classmates who need it.

Lord, we ask you to bless the food we are about to eat and those who are preparing and serving it.

We ask for all of this in the name of your Son, Jesus.

Amen

Blessing for IBC May 20, 2017

The month of May has its origins as the month of growth. We have heard the old adage that April showers bring Pilgrims, er, May flowers. And we are surrounded by new growth as fields fill with flowers, new growth and, unfortunately, weeds.

Especially in these times, all of us could use a new and refreshing time of growth.

Let us pray.

Father in heaven, we thank you for the springtime with all the maturing plants, fragrant smells of the flowers and the start of crops being planted in hopes of an abundant summer and fall.

We thank you for having a safe place to meet out of the lingering end of April showers.

We thank you for all who are able to gather here to share lives and & love, and to break bread with each other.

Please bless the food that you have provided for us. Bless all those who have prepared and served our meals.

Please bless those classmates and their families that were unable to be with us today and mend those who need healing.

We ask all of this and offer thanks in the name of Your Son, Jesus,

Amen.

P.S.  Oh, all of you know what I’m going to say next, so no need to say it.  Enjoy!