Calendar for the Week of July 3, 2011

Dear Friends,

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.

–George

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

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