Let Freedom Ring
On this Independence Day weekend, when we celebrate the great and glorious gift of freedom, we give thanks for the many brave men and women who so courageously put their lives on the line to establish and maintain the countless liberties we enjoy today.
At the same time, our nation is currently engaged in yet another significant struggle. Not only are we battling a major health crisis, but we are also in the midst of an internal conflict, which has caused deep division across the country.
The events of the past few months have been violent and unsettling, but at the same time we are thankful for the fact that we have the freedom to express our views and settle our differences in an attempt to come together as one.
As we prepare to return to the sanctuary this Sunday, we will take every precaution to ensure your safety, your comfort, and your freedom to worship. You are welcome to come inside or commune from the comfort of your car; we just want to be sure that you have a place to worship.
Much of Sunday’s service will seem familiar; some will not. Among the highlights will be the rededication of our bell, the re-consecration of our church, and the celebration of Communion in a safe and novel way.
All we ask is that everyone respects each other’s boundaries. There is one freedom that might be temporarily suspended, however, and that is your favorite pew. We will be marking off every other pew in adherence to state distancing guidelines.
If you are comfortable, please join us. Even in these dark and difficult times, the future of Oak Chapel is bright and encouraging. God promises that he will always be with us and that he will never leave us. The assuring declaration, which comes from Deuteronomy 31:6, 8, should lift us up and give us hope both now and in the future…
‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Don’t give up! Stay strong! Let’s all work together for a brighter tomorrow.
Hope to see you on Sunday! – Pastor John