True and Lasting Freedom

Dear Good People of Trinity,


Grace and peace to you on this day of commemoration and celebration. Today is a day when we acknowledge our freedom and give thanks for those who fought the fight and gave their lives for the freedoms we now enjoy.  This day, however, is not just a day for fireworks and fun, but for reflection and contemplation.  For with freedom comes responsibility.  We must ask ourselves, “How am I using my freedom?”  For selfish reasons or the common good? For greed or service? For the betterment of “my” people or all people? 

So, on this day, I invite you to take just a moment for prayer and reflection.  Give thanks to God for the freedoms we have as citizens of this country and for the true freedom we have in Christ, and then ask God and yourself how you can be a person of freedom so that ALL might know true and lasting freedom. 

In Christ,


The Rev. Paul Jeanes III




Collect & Gospel for Independence Day

Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
— Collect for Independence Day
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.”
— Gospel for Independence Day, Matthew 5:43-48