Great Outdoors

by | Jul 3, 2024 | Uncategorized

As we celebrate the 248th birthday of the United States of America, many of us will be enjoying the great outdoors. This holiday week, we will attend backyard barbeques, dip in swimming pools, sunbathe along our beautiful shorelines, boat and fish our local waterways, or search for lost golf balls in the ruff of our favorite courses. Whatever our choice, we will likely be basking in the summer weather.

As we reflect upon the history of our great republic, let’s also remember the first established democracy that inspired our founding fathers. Ancient Greece, the birthplace of democracy, was blessed with a climate that encouraged its citizenry to enjoy and conduct most of its business outdoors. Today, visitors to Greece enjoy touring the Areopagus.

The Areopagus, also called Mars Hill, is a famous rock outcropping on the outskirts of Athens. It is the place where they believed the mythological gods held court. Tradition tells us Ares, the god of war, was said to have been tried here for the murder of Poseidon’s son, Alirrothios. The outdoor site later became the actual setting of the Athenian governmental council and eventually the site location of the Areopagus judicial court proceedings. The famed Greek philosophers also gathered at the sun-drenched locale to debate theories and the latest thoughts, including religious matters.

Acts 17:16-34 shares Saint Paul’s famous Areopagus sermon, in which he preaches from the rock formation about the “unknown god” the locals worship among the many statues. Afterward, Paul’s journey continues to Corinth, where he establishes a new Christian Church. This Sunday, we read the last scriptural passage in the lectionary series featuring his letters with the Corinthians.

In light of Paul’s visit to the outdoor courtyard of Areopagus before continuing on to establish the Corinthian church and our current celebratory holiday likely taking place in the great outdoors, we will hold an outdoor worship service on this Sunday, July 7 at 9:30 AM. Join us in the sunshine (weather permitting) at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 36 E. John Street, Lindenhurst.

Pastor Marc