Happy almost Independence Day! This weekend we will celebrate the birth of our nation. Some of us will celebrate by gathering together with friends and family, eating together, and maybe even watching a fireworks show. Growing up, my family would always go to a friend’s house along with several other families. We would eat great BBQ, the kids would all play together, and once it became dark enough, all of the dads would get together and put on a fireworks show for the kids. It was fun! Sometimes it was a little too much fun and a stray firework would accidentally get launched at a neighbor’s house! I have so many fond memories of the Fourth of July as a kid.
As an adult, and especially now that I have a family of my own, I have a new appreciation for Independence Day. Yes, we still plan to spend time with family and friends, eat yummy food, and watch fireworks. But I have a new appreciation for what Independence Day means. The Fourth of July is an opportunity for us to celebrate the values that are the foundation of our country, like liberty, freedom, unity, honor, and justice. It is also is a chance to celebrate the freedom that we have in Jesus Christ. To be thankful for the grace and mercy that has been offered to us as children of God, and to extend that invitation to others. My hope is that I can teach my own kids about Independence Day and how it is more than just good food and fireworks. I hope to teach them that the Fourth of July is a reminder of the freedom that we have as Americans, just as our faith should be a reminder of the freedom we have in Jesus.
This week in worship we are starting a new sermon series “God isn’t Done: Major Promises from the Minor Prophets”. Each Sunday over next four weeks we will focus on a different minor prophet and discover how God is still using these little books to teach us big lessons. This Sunday we are exploring the book of Micah. We’ll unpack the message that God gave to Micah and discover lessons in justice, mercy, and humility. We hope you will join us in worship this week and that you have a very safe and happy Independence Day! See you on Sunday!
PS – Don’t forget to join us for our Stars and Stripes event on Saturday from 5pm – 7pm! It’s going to be so much fun and great way to love on our community!