“If you do not know where you come from,

then you don't know where you are;

if you don't know where you are,

then you don't know where you're going;

if you don't know where you're going,

you're probably going wrong.”

― Terry Pratchett

Celebration and Reflection, Part 1: The Story of Free People And The Provision of God

I love the story of America, its big over-arching story that stretches out over 8 centuries and multiple continents. I love its “where you come from” stories in Pratchett’s words. It is now the story of hundreds of millions of imperfect, struggling people who have played roles in this unfolding drama of our amazing nation.

Abraham Lincoln, (Gettysburg Address, 1863) pointed to our nation’s core uniqueness, future, and determination, in the midst of a war that almost terminated the life of the young country:

that this nation, under God,

shall have a new birth of freedom and

that government of the people,

by the people, for the people,

shall not perish from the earth.

As we come to the USA’s 241st birthday ‘celebration’, it is also a time for ‘reflection’ on how blessed we are to be American citizens in “the land of the free” and what special responsibilities come with those blessings.

We know that God instituted government for the general welfare of all its people (Romans 13). As a “nation, under God” in Lincoln’s words, we know that we are to be actively pursuing justice & mercy (Amos 5) especially with the new freedom we have in Christ. This nation has been a great force for goodness. Let’s Celebrate that.

We still have a distance to travel before we fully realize the nation that the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, Bill of Rights, Gettysburg Address and, above all, the Bible envision. Let’s reflect on that and our part in it. Join us this Sunday, July 2, to worship God as we celebrate and reflect on His provision of freedom from and freedom for.

Celebration and Reflection, Part 2: The Story of Chesterfield Baptist Church and the Provision of God

This month is a time to ’celebrate and reflect’ on the 160-year story of God’s providence in the life of our church. On Friday, July 21, we will gather at 6:15 pm for a family supper. At 6:45 pm we will look at the story of our church. It is more than a reminiscing about the past. It is reflecting on how the Lord has led us so that we will follow His way forward in today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.

To use Pratchett’s opening line of thinking, it is the time to examine ‘where we’ve been, where we are — to know where we are going’ and get it right for the sake of the Kingdom. This is an important part of our Transition Process that is preparing us for God’s future. Please plan to join us.

Grace and Peace, Pastor Dean

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