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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 9(14)
July 4, 1999

Unifying Theme:
Comfort in the Lord and honor in His service

Scripture Theme Hymns
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Zechariah 9:9-12
Isaac comforted in Rebekah
Israel to rejoice in the coming of the king
61: Come, Thou Almighty King
540: I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord
Psalm 145:8-14
Psalm 45:10-17
A God of compassion and comfort
Honor in answering the king's call
436: The Voice of God Is Calling
472: Near to the Heart of God
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 God's servants rejected by men; a light burden for those who will accept it 297: Beneath the Cross of Jesus
359: Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed
467: Trust and Obey
685: Now, on Land and Sea Descending
723: Shall We Gather at the River
Romans 7:15-25a Good and evil--Christ saves us from our sinful self 369: Blessed Assurance
378: Amazing Grace
616: Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast

Fourth of July!

These, of course, are not selected to accompany the Revised Common Lectionary scriptures, but they are consistent with the message of the Gospel and epistle passages for the week. The Fourth of July in the USA is a celebration of independence. It was first observed by the signing of a declaration--the Declaration of Independence. The opening words of that document are so often recited, but the closing words are powerful and deeply meaningful to all people of faith--"for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." Their reliance was well founded, and their sacred honor was just that--sacred. May we all remember to rely on God just as they did, and may we resolve ourselves to sacred honor in all of our undertakings. The burden of freedom can be scary to pursue, but it is a light burden to bear. The greatest freedom we can know is the freedom that Christ gives us from the grips of our sinful nature. May we all share in this freedom one day.

696: O Beautiful for Spacious Skies (America the Beautiful)

697: America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee)

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Passages suggested are from The Revised Common Lectionary: Consultation on Common Texts (Abingdon Press, 1992) copyright © by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT), P.O. Box 340003, Room 381, Nashville TN 37203-0003. Reprinted with permission of CCT.