Worship on Independence Day Weekend
By Pastor David Tinker
We will observe our normal weekend worship schedule on the first weekend of July.
Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
The Waldeck church will also offer their regular 8:00 a.m. Sunday worship service.
I encourage you to think ahead about this complicated weekend. Consider how you can schedule your activities for the holiday while still participating in worship among God’s people.
I know that many make a point of participating in the Independence Day Parade in Round Top. It is an important part of our local culture and a positive celebration of our nation. Please do participate, if that is important to you. Also, if at all possible, plan ahead to be at worship on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. Some may find that the 8:00 a.m. service at Waldeck will be their preferred option.
I also know that not every person in our community will be at the parade. Each person makes choices which suit his or her situation. For those who will not be at the parade or other holiday activity on Sunday, plan now to be at worship on Sunday, or Saturday if that is your preference.
Worship of our God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is central to our life together. It is a foundational part of how we fulfill the greatest commandment of Jesus to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Weekly worship participation is also one of the Six Marks of Discipleship about which I have taught so frequently. Worship is an investment in your faith life and in your relationships with your fellow Christians. No matter what date it is, weekly worship is a good and central part of life as a follower of Jesus.
July 4th is not the only Sunday when you might have multiple commitments on the calendar. As you work through plans for weekend trips, summer vacations, etc., prayerfully look into how you can get together with fellow Christians for worship. Some of those weekends will be workable to be at worship in Carmine. Some weekends will lead you to other communities across the state, nation or world. I have made the point to find a place of worship where I am going to be. It is good to be at your home church, and it is also good to experience something different from time to time. Even in touristy places like Hawaii there are churches where you can keep your weekly discipline of worship. If you need help planning where to worship, I am glad to help you. If you are comfortable using the internet, there in plenty of information available to help you.
Another opportunity you have this weekend is to actually read or listen to the reading of our nation’s founding document.
Here is a link to read the document at the National Archives of the United States of America.
Here is a link to listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence by then Senator John F. Kennedy. It is presented as a video on YouTube.