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• Return to the basics — On July 4 we commemorate the origins of our country. In terms of faith, we also periodically need to hear again the foundational stories of Creation, the Israelites and, of course, Jesus.

• Honor the gift of freedom — “For freedom Christ has set us free … do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1, ESV). We strive as citizens to preserve and live out our national freedom. Likewise, as citizens of God’s kingdom we live gladly in the freedom of salvation and share that gift with others.

• Enjoy community — July 4 is known for picnics, parades and other community gatherings. Similarly, the church is nourished by coming together for worship, meals and other special events.

• Be light in the darkness — As fireworks brighten the sky with light and color, the church is called to display the Gospel’s unique light in a dark world. Our word dynamite and the Greek word for power — as in, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you” (Acts 1:8) — share a root. Through God’s power in us, we share Jesus — dynamically! — with others.

—Heidi Mann

 

After nearly 126 years, The Frist Presbyterian Church of Jessup closed its doors with is final service on the afternoon of Sunday, June 9th. They hadn’t had a pastor for nearly 5 years and Pastor Forbes had been moderator. He and Jean Biggar were part of the closing service.                                                                                                                                                                                  We pray for the people of the small congregation as they                                                                       search to find a new home congregation.

 

Bound By Grace

Grace binds you with far stronger cords than the cords of duty or obligation can bind you. Grace is free, but when once you take it you are bound forever to the Giver, and bound to catch the spirit of the Giver. Like produces like, Grace makes you gracious, the Giver makes you give. -- E. Stanley Jones

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