JULY 4th weekend, already? How can this be? As we have just started our summer worship series on the EXODUS, it’s appropriate that July 4th weekend celebrates our FREEDOM. When I was young, I lived in the suburbs of Philadelphia for a few years and our field trips were to places like the battle of Valley Forge, Independence Hall where the Constitution was signed, the Betsy Ross House, and the Benjamin Franklin Museum. Today as we celebrate our freedoms as a nation and the freedom that was won by a long struggle filled with sacrifices, I found myself wondering … what inspired the people in those 13 little colonies in this new world to fight so hard for freedom! Well, of course!!! I’m sure some of their courage came from their Christian ideals directly from the Book of Exodus.
The deliverance of the Israelite slaves out of Egypt, the most powerful nation on Earth at the time, is the quintessential story of freedom! The event was so momentous because it was MORE than the freeing of slaves in order to make a new nation, the EXODUS was a story of personal and political freedom. I realize there is debate about the faith of the founding fathers, but I don’t think we can understand the political and philosophical drive for liberty without knowing that the Bible was part of the “cultural air” they breathed!
Did you know … the Liberty Bell, which was commissioned in 1752 by the Pennsylvania Assembly for use in the State House has these words on it: “Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof.” Leviticus 25:10 Do you know where it came from? This was a command given to Moses while at Mount Sinai!
I came across a quote from Benjamin Netanyahu, former Prime Minister of Israel who said: “Moses was the greatest revolutionary of all time. Remember that in antiquity there were grand empires that were based on one principle and that is slavery. And Moses challenged that twice. He challenged it by taking his people who were slaves in bondage in Egypt and freed them and took them to their Promised Land. But he also challenged it by providing a moral code for mankind that said it is not the king or the emperor that decides the law, there is a higher law.
Now, these were absolutely revolutionary ideas. And, it’s the combination of the physical freedom; physically freeing the slaves from Egypt, but also ennobling them to a higher code of personal dignity, respect for your fellow man, and personal freedom that was so at odds with the ancient world. And this shone a light and that light progressively expanded and reached larger and larger sections of humanity until it became the dominant code by which we live, or we at least aspire to live.”
In the biblical account, after the Israelites left Egypt we find them at Mount Sinai where they received a revelation from God: the law given to Moses. Sometimes we see these 10 Commandments as restrictions meant to keep the people from enjoying certain pleasures, but not really! Keeping the law is the path to safety and blessings! The law frees us to live with each other in peace, allowing for the most enjoyment of the good things that God has provided.
As we all celebrate the great freedom this country offers, let us not forget it comes from God Himself!
A NOTE FROM HEATHER:
Kids Connection Children’s Church week 3 was a joy! We learned about Communion and how we are all welcome at God’s table and we are all ONE in the Body of Christ!
THANK YOU to everyone that has volunteered to be a part of this amazing ministry. The time with these children is priceless. Watching the joy on their faces each week and hearing them recite what they have learned is such a blessing. I feel so honored to be a part of this amazing church and to get to spend my Sunday mornings watching the children grow in faith. If you’re unsure about serving in CHILDREN’S CHURCH on Sunday mornings, come by and see what we’re doing – if you can open a glue stick or a box of crayons, you’re qualified!
JULY is upon us! It is almost time for Wacky Wild Family Wednesdays! A BIG THANK YOU to our Wednesday Night Meal team for volunteering to cook dinner for us each week! I need a few things to make this event the BEST! If you have any of the following items that I could borrow for the month of July, please drop them off in Wesley Hall this Sunday… I would greatly appreciate it:
5 Gallon buckets
4 Small Buckets
20 Gallon (or larger) clean plastic bin (2 of these)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to let me know that you are looking for ways to be involved in the Children’s Ministry.
MONDAY, JULY 4th … buildings will be closed as they are on all federal holidays so Knitters and Stitchers will not meet.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6th… 6 – 7:15 PM
– 6 PM … our fellowship meal will be light and easy but please come to support our summer WILD, WACKY, FAMILY WEDNESDAYS!
– 6:30 -7:15 PM … while the kids will head outside for wacky water fun (BRING TOWELS!), the adults will move to Wesley Hall for a look at WILD things the Bible says! If you have wondered about a story or scripture that makes you shake your head, let me know and we’ll talk about it!
PARENTS OF TEENAGERS: Heather has reached out to your kids to help with the water games on Wednesdays in July … please remind/encourage them to come ready to get WET!
SATURDAY, JULY 16, 10 am-3 PM … in partnership with First Baptist, we’re hosting the BLOOD DRIVE … make an appointment HERE when YOU want to help, or just show up!
SAVE THESE DATES: 7/30 and 8/6, Discover Your Spiritual Gifts, 9 am-3pm … we are so very lucky to have the North Texas Conference coming to Winnsboro to teach this very important course. This course will help you understand the unique spiritual gifts God has given you (and yes, you DO have a unique spiritual gift!) and how your gifts can be used to serve God’s church! DETAILS WILL BE COMING … if you’d like to order the book, I will order using our tax-free account. Participant’s text: Each One a Minister by William J. Carter, $14
Enjoy this beautiful break in the weather and I’ll see you Sunday!