From Our Monthly Newsletter
Once a month we send out a newsletter with updates and messages from our congregation. Here is this months message from our Rector:
For the Journey . . . .
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise." (Galatians 3:28-29)
This coming Sunday, people all around the nation will be celebrating Independence Day in many different ways. Some will travel to visit their family, and others will stay home celebrating with friends and neighbors. Some will spend the day at the lake, others in their backyards barbecuing. They will enjoy fireworks either by shooting them off or by watching them.
We celebrate Independence Day because of what happened on July, 4th 1776, when 56 representatives from the 13 colonies declared that the English monarch would no longer exploit them without representation. That day, the Declaration of Independence was ratified, the document that would inspire and lead the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The second sentence of the Declaration of Independence says, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
The rights written in the Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights do not come from these documents but God. Let us this Independence Day celebrate the freedoms that we have here in the United States but let us not forget that our rights and freedom come from God. There is no true freedom without Christ. Galatians 5:13 says, "For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another."
Let us use the freedom that we have through Christ to service and love others as we have been commanded by our Lord and Savior Jesus. Remember the summary of the law Christ gave us to live out in our freedom, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment, and the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 22:37-40)
A little help for our journeys,