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Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!  
 

 

On Sunday, July 7, we worshipped in Veteran’s Park with other churches and members of our community.  It is special to have worship in a place where we honor those who have served this great country.  It is also special to worship with 400 plus other believers from across the spectrum of faith.  I am reminded that for the first few years of the 4th of July worship service we were the only church willing to move our worship service to the park. Now there are numerous churches participating. Like most changes all it required was for someone to take the lead.

 

As we celebrate our nations freedom, I am reminded of two things.  First, freedom isn’t free.  That which we enjoy today was made possible by women and men who have served this country.  Many of whom gave their lives so we can enjoy our freedoms.  It is very appropriate that we pause and give thanks for these marvelous people who have taught each of us the value of giving sacrificially. 

 

The second thing I am reminded of is that freedom brings responsibility.     Freedom is not permission to do as you please.  Freedom is the ability to relate to each other in ways that are beneficial to all.  Women and men did not fight for independence.  They fought for interdependence.  They struggled so we could relate to others in ways that create life and opportunity for all.  You don’t do you own thing.  You do things that make the whole better and stronger.

 

In the same way you and I have been set free in Jesus.  “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”  Once we were slaves to sin.  Now we can do and be better than that.  This is the freedom we enjoy.  This freedom isn’t free.  God gave his one and only Son so we could have it. 

 

This freedom also comes with responsibility.  We no longer live only for ourselves.  Paul writes, “The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  Living in the way of Jesus.  You don’t simply do your own thing.  You live in such a way to make the lives of others better. The world should be a better place because you, as a follower of Jesus, is in it.

 

We are free and freedom is a blessing.  Give thanks for our freedom.  Celebrate our interdependence.  Use your freedom responsibly to build stronger relationships and a better world.  This is what we should do as Americans.  This is what we should do as Christians.

 

Parades, cookouts, and fireworks make for a fun day.  But don’t forget to give thanks and to commit yourself to living to make this world a better place.

 

May God bless you and this wonderful country we are a part of.

 

- Pastor John 

Contact Us  
First Presbyterian Church
115 6th Avenue NW
PO Box 188
Independence, Iowa 50644
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Phone 319 334 3523
Fax 319 334 4134
Regular Schedule  
Sunday
  • Sunday Morning Worship
    – 10:00 AM
  • Fellowship
    – 11:00 AM
Wednesday
  • Treasure Seekers (K - 6th Grade) - Every Wednesday during the school year
    – 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Adult Bible Studies - 1st & 3rd Wednesdays during the school year
    – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Bell Choir - 2nd & 4th Wednesdays during school year
    – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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2018 HERO CENTRAL VBS
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