Surprise! A Sermon around Independence Day | Sunday, 2 July 2017

Sunday, July 2, 2017

July 2 is not officially America's Independence Day, but John Adams thought it should've been -- that's what he wrote home to his wife, Abigail, in the summer of 1776.  Well, some things had to develop in Philadelphia and it wasn't until July 4 that the Continental Congress actually adopted Jefferson's now-famous "Declaration" -- and, thus, the 4th of July, not the 2nd is our big anniversary festival.  Surprise!  In fact, Fr. Greg talked about the element of surprise in today's sermon.  Surprises, twists, plot developments not only make for good stories, but it's also a running theme throughout the story of scripture.  God, himself, works through surprises in scripture.  God also works through the surprises in our lives, too, and perhaps we should be more intent to look into life's invariable twists and turns to find nothing less than the hand of God.

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Sunday, 2 July 2017  Proper 8a

Genesis 22:1-14

Psalm 13

Matthew 10:40-42