DISPATCHES FROM PALMER STREET #15
Dear members and friends of St. Marcus,
Today the community celebrates its annual Juneteenth Day. On Sunday, St. Marcus will observe its annual Juneteenth worship, celebrating our freedom in Christ, our diverse membership in a diverse neighborhood, and our compelling mission in the city. You will hear an original poem by Ron Kelly, traditional spirituals, gospel music by the Distinctively Different Quartet, and a Bible study on living our freedom from Galatians 5. RSVP details below.
Juneteenth Day originally celebrated real freedom for slaves in Texas. After the fall of Vicksburg on the Mississippi River, the western third of the Confederacy was essentially cut off, no longer able to supply much aid to the eastern side. But the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, the passage of the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery by the senate in 1864, and even Lee’s surrender at Appomattox in April of 1865 didn’t change the reality of slavery in Texas. What ended slavery in Texas was the arrival of Union Gen. Gordon Granger and his troops in Galveston harbor on June 19, 1865. Theoretical freedom had now become real.
You and I have been set free from the guilt and power of our sins by the blood of Jesus Christ, made known to us by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Now it is up to us: to claim our freedom, resist Satan, and live in such a way as to honor Christ. As the Apostle John said, “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light” (I John 2:9-10).
Alas, it is not yet safe to grill and serve our trademark ribs, but they will just taste that much better next year.
Appreciating and loving all of you,
- Pastor Mark Jeske
Please RSVP for in-person worship on June 20th and for the June 21st Juneteenth Celebration. You can also call 414-562-3369 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. Thank you!
Our live stream services will continue on Facebook and be available to watch on Youtube. No need to RSVP for online worship.