This week’s online nondenominational worship service focuses on the July 4 holiday, Independence Day, to think about security. What and who do we rely on to keep us safe?
As always, this 48-minute YouTube church service is designed for elders with Alzheimer’s and other dementias who may not be able to get out to their place of worship. It includes:
- History readings about the founding of our country, including an essay called “How Prayer Underpinned the American Revolution” and the final paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence.
- Scripture readings, including Psalm 85, which was read to the delegates at the first Continental Congress in 1774.
- Classic songs and spirituals, with an emphasis on placing our hope in God, our help and shield.
- An interactive homily on security.
Even as I prepared this service, I felt the lament that our country is still far from embodying the prayers offered in those first days of independence. May we, as Psalm 85 says, turn away from folly and toward God so that “righteousness and peace kiss each other.”
I hope you find this service useful and a blessing to the elders in your care. Thank you for your service to them!