July 5, 2015
Mark 6:1-13
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
Psalm 48

The Joy of Giving
Proper 9 | OT 14

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John Fitzgerald
"The Shepherd King" by John Fitzgerald

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The Shepherd King
by John Fitzgerald
2 Samuel 5:1-5,9-10

We come to Worship this morning with thoughts of America’s birth in our mind. This nation has maintained a noble experiment in liberty since it’s Declaration of Independence first unfurled on July 4, 1776. Over the years several representations of freedom have become popular with citizens of this fair country. The Statue of Liberty remains our most powerful symbol of freedom and liberty. It is appropriate to consider a famous poem mounted on the base of this iconic statue.

Emma Lazarus wrote a sonnet entitled, New Colossus which she penned for a fundraiser auction to raise money in behalf of the pedestal which our Statue of Liberty now sits. Emma’s poem did not receive much attention and quickly became forgotten after the auction.

In the early 1900s and after Lazarus’ death, one of her  friends began a campaign to memorialize Emma’s New Colossus writing. This effort grew into a huge success and her poem’s text soon found a place inside the statue’s pedestal. Most of the sonnet has been forgotten by an American public. However, the last lines of this work captured our nation’s imagination and have been part of American history since its inception. The lines long remembered form New Colossus read: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breath free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.... >>Click here for the full installment.

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