Freedom Service

May 25, 2014

8:30, 10:00 and 11:30am

Freedom. Freedom was why the Pilgrims came to America. Freedom is why so many have fought and  died. Freedom was the reason for the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America. Freedom is why Jesus Christ came, died, and rose again for us. Freedom is why we are called to stand firm in our faith in Jesus Christ in the daily battle we face. For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm then therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 (ESV) There is a battle that we face every day; it is the struggle to live our lives in the freedom that Christ has won for us by His life death and resurrection. You would think that once we come to faith in Jesus the battle would be over, the victory won. The truth is that it is just beginning. Yes, by God’s Grace we are called to faith and granted forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life. It is at this point that we face a hidden battle every day, a spiritual battle that Satan rages against us. His goal is to attack and condemn us and destroy our faith and give us a bad conscience, so that we may throw up our hands and give up on Christ and others. He attempts to undermine our faith in Christ and pull us away from Jesus. We however are called to fight the good fight by faith and prayer that we might be free because real freedom is found only in Christ. You are invited to join us this year on Sunday, May 25 for our Freedom Service. It will be a time of thanksgiving for the many who have sacrificed so much that we might live free, worship Jesus and gather our spiritual strength for the daily battle we face. One of the special parts of the service that day will be a remembrance of those in our lives who have served in the armed forces. Please send us the name(s), and the branch of service of those you would like included. Please also tell us the years they served (example 1971 – 1975) or during which war they served. Send this information to Lou Anne at worshipinfo@sgate church.org or call the church by May 11. Their names will be included in the time of remembrance.

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