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Alternative Resources for Discovering and Celebrating Emmanuel Throughout the Year!

America’s Independence Day

Discover how and when Americans celebrated Independence Day in the past.

Although Benjamin Franklin thought we'd celebrate the 2nd of July; the 4th of July is closest to our hearts.

From The History Channel

America officially celebrates the anniversary of the Declaration Independence from Britain each year on July 4.  

Celebrations are varied; but, usually consist of community parades, outdoor picnics and gatherings, with food and music - and community displays of fireworks.

 Churches have an opportunity to tell a story not usually heard in schools - or churches for that matter.

It’s not a story easily found on television or film.  

It’s a great opportunity to remind folks of the place of the church in the lives of most of the colonists in those early times.  

Some of these resources here could inspire the preacher and/or worship leader to engage the congregation in a real uplifting experience.

Important to consider in the planning for a new celebration of Independence Day should be the realization that not all inhabitants of the New World would celebrate Independence.  

The population of Africans brought to this world as slaves did not see and could not celebrate independence.

Nor could most of the Native American population.  To the credit of the British (and discredit of  the Colonists) each Native group was seen and treated by the British as separate “nations” with certain respect and dignity and rights granted therein.  

Most colonists viewed the Natives as a problem to be eradicated.  There would be no celebrating of independence  amongst them.  

May you find inspiration here for a New Celebration of Independence Day.


This hymn is in "Singing the New Testament" ((Calvin Institute of Christian Worship) and "Lift Up Your Hearts" (new hymnal of the Christian Reformed Church in North America and Reformed Church in America).

For Freedom, Christ Has Set Us Free


("I Sing the Mighty Power of God")

"For freedom, Christ has set us free!"

What joy is ours to claim!

No more enslaved, humanity

Finds life in Jesus' name.

We try, Lord, to be justified

Through all the works we do.

Yet you adopt us, saying, "Child,

It's Christ who makes you new."

We're clothed in Christ and we belong;

Now no one waits outside.

In him we find our common song;

Old ways no more divide.

"It is no longer I who live,

But Christ who lives in me."

He died for us, new life to give —

And new identity.

Now, Spirit-filled, may we be led

From ways that would destroy.

May we your people turn instead

To lives of love and joy.

May we find peace that makes us whole

And patience everywhere.

God, give us kindness, self-control,

And hearts and hands that share.

Biblical Reference: Galatians 5:1, 19, 22-23

Tune: Gesangbuch der Herzoglich Wirtembergischen Katholischen Hofkapelle, 1784 ("I Sing the Mighty Power of God"; "Hail To the Lord's Anointed")

Text: Copyright © 2000 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.

Copied from Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Upper Room Books).

Email: bcgillette@comcast.net Hymns: www.carolynshymns.com