Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church - July 3, 2019
The Fourth of July is Independence Day for us in the United States. We give thanks for this nation, and for those who had the vision and the courage in those early days to see the vision into reality. We give thanks for those in every generation who continued to keep the vision alive, even to our own time.
At St Thomas Church, we worship in a building built in 1768 for a parish that was founded in 1723. I cannot help but think about those men and women, the founders of St Thomas Church, as they faced those uncertain times around 1776. What would they say to us if they could see St Thomas – or our country, for that matter – now?
Independence Day may only be one day out of the year, but we do well to remember that independence and the many freedoms we enjoy are still only a far off dream for many of the people with whom we share this planet. We are reminded that with independence and freedom come responsibilities, not only for the ones nearest and dearest to each one of us, but for all ofGod’s creation.
We are also reminded that we have a responsibility to treat with dignity andrespect all those who seek to be part of this nation. This has special poignancy this year as we are made more and more aware of the experiences of immigrants at our southern borders. Maywe remember the words of Jesus to his disciples in the Gospel according to Matthew, “... just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 26:40.
Let us pray:
Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Collect for Independence Day, Book of Common Prayer)
A blessed Independence Day/Week/Year to all