It has been 235 years since our founding fathers declared this nation’s independence. All those years ago, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail, ‘The fourth day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.’
We have taken his suggestion and celebrate each year with cookouts, parades, and fireworks. But Adams knew that in order to truly give thanks we turn our hearts to God. To that end, below is a prayer suitable for this weekend. It comes from the section of our Book of Common Prayer called Prayers for National Life.
Sunday, July 3 9:45am Childcare 11:00am Punch-on-the-Lawn 4:30pm Christ the King Monday, July 4 Independence Day office closed 8:00pm AA (6:30 newcomers) Friday, July 7 office closed Sunday, July 10 9:45am Childcare 10:00am Holy Eucharist Celebrant & Preacher: The Reverend Gwen Buehrens 11:00am Punch-on-the-Lawn 4:30pm Christ the King