So, just to remind you --this really isn't Independence Day --it's Declaration Day. And, just to remind you, you really missed the holiday --true Declaration Day is July 2 --the Declaration of Independence was penned to explain the decision.... just sayin'.
John Adams, President, wrote his wife:
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. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.There we are... Wiki sez the Declaration of Independence wasn't completely signed until August 2....
AND --we probably wouldn't have won the war if France hadn't joined us, and Spain and the Dutch Republic hadn't started wars with Great Britain on distant shores....
Cornwall surrendered in Yorktown Virginia on October 19, 1781 --why don't we celebrate that day?
And, the Treaty officially ending the war was signed September 3, 1783 --why not celebrate that day?
See --we've been fed lies from the very beginning....
So, keep that all in mind as you play today --we're celebrating NOTHING!!! OR --we're celebrating something all wrong!!!
(C'mon --if we can't laugh and tease, what's there to life anyways?)
So, I'm headed out to a Powwow in Iron Lightening --they want to begin the Powwow with a church service --cool, heh?! And then I will stick around to see a little dancing. Maybe go in the ring if they invite an All Nations dance.... (all dancing at Powwows are forms of prayer btw).
And --Just remember. The Fourth of July is NOT a major feast of the church... as a matter of fact, readings and a collect for the Fourth were never in any prayer book ever until 1979. Just sayin'.... May be because so many of our "Founding Fathers" were Church of England types, and they knew we needed to be celebrating on another day....
From the Lectionary for Independence Day (Matthew 5:43-48)
Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said, `You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."Joel says this selection was just PC.... I am remembering the early and mid-seventies when the BCP was pulled together. I think it was rather more than bold for the church to publish this as the reading in the midst of all that heat.
Hey God. I remember. Help us. Lead us. Guide us. Forgive us. Redeem us. Amen.