Happy Birthday, America!! Yes, this July 4 marks the 243rd birthday of this great nation. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.
During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the American colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a committee, but with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.
Today, the United States of America may be the most independent nation on earth, able to enjoy the benefits of the struggles for freedom of so long ago. For over 200 years, citizens of every age and background have sacrificed their time and effort, and in some cases their very lives, to ensure the freedoms we enjoy today.
One of the basic tenets of freedom enjoyed by all in this great country is the freedom to worship. America has become a welcome haven for those seeking peace and safety in persuing their religious freedoms. Here in America, we can go to church, we can read our Bible, we can kneel down in prayer, safe in the knowledge that we are free from ridicule and persecution.
Jesus Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom from sin and death. His crucifixion and resurrection some 2,000 years ago firmly established our place in God’s kingdom for all eternity. So this year, as you enjoy your picnics and fireworks, give a prayer of thanks for the greatest nation on earth.
In His Service,
Pastor Gary Ginter
Thursday 07/04 Independence Day
Sunday 07/07 Church Breakfast served from 9-9:30 am
Sunday 07/07 Communion served during morning worship
Friday 07/12 Concert in the Park
Sunday 07/21 Puppets during morning worship