This Weekend in Worship. Saturday July 4 at 5:00pm and Sunday July 5 at 9:30am.
“America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!” Alexis de Tocqueville
What does it mean to be a Patriotic American? What does it mean to be a Patriotic American and a Christian? This weekend we celebrate the birth of our nation, although without some of the usual gatherings for fireworks and picnics. This is a good opportunity to go back and reread the Declaration of Independence, if you have not done so recently. What is it that we celebrate this weekend? As a rather divided country being reminded of the ongoing toll taken by systemic racial injustice and living through a pandemic, what should we celebrate?
In the sermon this weekend I want to think with you about what it means to be patriotic and Christian. Do you believe that these two can coexist together? For those of us who are Americans and Christians, what is God calling us to do?
If you are in the mood for a good old partisan 4th of July thumping of government or your least favorite political leaders, that is certainly not what this sermon is intended to be. Just as leaders in the first century were not able to trick or bully Jesus into tribalism, I believe followers of Jesus Christ are called to resist this urge today Our faith leads us to support some political positions or strategies but also to question all parties. I will look forward to getting your perspective on these issues.
We will celebrate Communion this weekend so don’t forget to have some bread and juice ready to go for the service. We will not have an 11:00 option during July but we will have outside services on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The first two will be in the Prayer Garden at the church (July 8 and 15) and the next two will be at the Chapel in the Woods at Funks Grove (July 22 and 29).
I look forwarded to worshiping with you this weekend!