It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. . . .You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh, rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: love your neighbor as yourself.
-Galatians 5:1,13-14, NIV
This coming Sunday is not only the last in our Stewardship "Faith in Action" series, it is also Kirkin' of the Tartan Sunday when we remember our Scottish roots and our Presbyterian heritage as a church. It will take place during the Drive-In Worship service. On this Kirkin' of the Tartan Sunday with all the bagpipes and drums, how can we not also think of Mel Gibson as Sir William Wallace in the movie Braveheart. Wallace fought for Scottish independence, and as he is literally being tortured to death, his last word is "Freedom."
Certainly, freedom is one of the best ways for human beings to fully express who they are as those made in the image of God. But in our New Testament, freedom is more than just the right to do whatever we want - it is freedom to do the right thing. And it is freedom from the sin and brokenness in our lives. It is also the freedom to choose to use whatever God has given us to partner with God in loving our world and the people in it.
If you have not yet had a chance to make your pledge to God's work through Johns Creek Presbyterian Church in 2021, I hope that you will do that either this Sunday or sometime prior. Hopefully, you have received at least one pledge card in the mailings that went out. You can bring that pledge card to worship on Sunday and place it in the offering plate at the end of the service, you can mail it in or put it in the drop box outside our welcome center, you can go to our website or church app and make your pledge at any time, or you can scan the QR code on the pledge card or at the bottom of the Sunday Drive-In worship bulletin and it will direct you to where you can make your pledge. There are also QR codes which will link you to our stewardship video on our website which I hope you will watch prior to making your pledge. Thank you for your generous support of God's work through Johns Creek Presbyterian Church!