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Sunday, July 2, 2017
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
MESSAGE FROM PRIEST LISA
We who believe in freedom cannot rest 
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes 

Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons 
Is as important as the killing of white men, white mothers' sons 

We who believe in freedom cannot rest 
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes… 

-Ella’s Song, Lyrics and music by Bernice Johnson Reagon (Sung by Sweet Honey in the Rock)

Beloved Saints,

What does freedom mean to you? 

Sunday will be July 2; marking the anniversary of the day in 1776 when the Thirteen Colonies legally separated from Great Britain during the American Revolution. This was a day of realized freedom. In a letter our second president, John Adams, sent to his wife Abigail he wrote:
The second 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…

Sunday we will also hear more verses from the gospel of Matthew focusing again on discipleship and I am wondering about the connection between the two; does our walk as disciples grant or perhaps compel us to respond to the world around us with a kind of freedom? I don’t have it all worked out yet, but I still have a few days…for now, here is what I am thinking about. Could it be that one aspect of discipleship is recognizing and then embracing the genuine gift of God’s love in our lives as a kind of freedom that can help redirect and refocus how we respond to others? In other words, if I accept that I am truly “free” from anything that might try to constrain or limit who I am as a child of God, don’t I have a responsibility to live from that place of freedom? And if so what does that look like? Who do I stand with and what risks am I willing to take on behalf of someone else who may need my support, my place of privilege, my resources or simply my acts of kindness, generosity and humility? 

As we approach this holiday weekend may we each take a moment to remember those who have been courageous enough to speak, fight, pray and lead us towards the freedom we have inherited as a country as well as the freedom we are gifted through our walk with Christ. We enjoy religious freedom as well as living in a country that prides itself on the freedom of all. May we never take that freedom for granted, and may we remember that freedom for us also comes with the right and responsibility of living into Jesus' mission today more than ever. Let us celebrate our freedom and then get right back to the business of bringing good news to the poor, proclaiming release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and letting the oppressed go free!

May you never forget that you are loved.

Priest Lisa
 

SUNDAY REMINDERS
HOLY EUCHARIST at 8:00 & 10:00AM 

NURSERY 
(infant-Pre-K)
  is open year-round 9:30-11:30am-located in room off the Sunday School hallway.

CHURCH SCHOOL IS OUT FOR SUMMER!

Children are invited to worship with us and starting in June we will have a special "soft space" for the youngest and their families in the sanctuary


COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS 
VACATION BIBLE CAMP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

• August 14-18; 9:00am-12:00pm
• Children ages 3-11
• Cost is $25 per child (snacks & t-shirt too!)
• Activities: crafts, music, outdoor games, bible lessons
Registration for campers is now OPEN and can be found at on SJP website or by clicking here. All SJP children, their friends and community are welcome! Contact Jayne Watson for more information.

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GOOD LISTEN/READ/WATCH
We Who Believe in Freedom 
- Sweet Honey in the Rock

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