εὐχαριστοῦντες τῷ πατρὶ τῷ ἱκανώσαντι ὑμᾶς εἰς τὴν μερίδα τοῦ κλήρου τῶν ἁγίων ἐν τῷ φωτί (from the Greek)
We are giving thanks to the Father (God), who has qualified you to share in the heritage of the saints in the kingdom of light. -Colossians 1:12
Below are some photos of my heritage and ours.
There is a photo of my home church, The First Congregational Church in Sheldon, Iowa. It is no longer standing, having been demolished to make room for a new building in the 1970’s that is now a United Methodist Church. But, I was baptized in that old church and I was confirmed in that old church. I was formed as a Christian there. I attended Sunday School, learned to be an acolyte, sang in the choir and got into lots of mischief. I absorbed the core message of Love God, neighbor and self in that holy place. This is part of my heritage.
And check out that red, white and blue stripe freshly painted! Would that stripe even be there were it not for First Congregational Church and Rev. Henry Wight? I say “no.” Would Bristol even have a claim to American’s Oldest Fourth of July Celebration without First Congregational Church? I say, “no.” That is part of our heritage and why we are the Founder of America’s Oldest Fourth of July Celebration™ The Town of Bristol extended the stripe past our church in 2010 as a way to honor our unique place in American history. This heritage also contains the story of a 330+ year old congregation which continues to be vital and nurture folk just as I was nurtured.
We are all children in God’s kingdom of light. That is our heritage in Christ. And we can do all things through him. I thank God for old churches (in Sheldon and Bristol) red white and blue stripes on the road, and all of you. You are all saints in light!