My family and I are huge movie buffs. When my kids were growing up, that’s how we spent our free time. Until the pandemic hit, we even went to the movie theater on Christmas Day. During the pandemic, we met online via Zoom to watch together.
One movie our children loved to watch was the 1996 action movie, Independence Day. They loved to see Will Smith beat back the alien invasion, which just so happened to be on Independence Day.
In True Cinematic Fashion
There’s a scene in that movie where the president of the United States gives a speech to the pilots before they go off to fight the aliens. It’s actually pretty motivational. He says:
“Mankind — that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests.
Perhaps it’s fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom, not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution — but from annihilation.
We’re fighting for our right to live, to exist. And should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice:
“We will not go quietly into the night!
We will not vanish without a fight!
We’re going to live on!
We’re going to survive!”
Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!”
A Sign of Our Times
Now, even though this speech is dramatic with a lot of theatrical flair, it actually should resonate with us today. Because, for the last 18 months or so, we were under attack by an alien invader – the COVID-19 virus. And, it didn’t just threaten the lives of those in our communities or our country, but it touched the lives of every person on this planet. Scientists, doctors, and world leaders had to come together to work to fight this virus together with the common goal to save lives.
This July 4th, we are in some ways, marking a new Independence Day. We are beating this virus back. The number of cases is falling as more and more people become vaccinated and continue to follow guidelines to keep us safe. We are looking forward to meeting with our friends and families again.
Let’s Celebrate Together!
With that in mind, we at Unity of Tacoma would like to announce that we will be opening up our church to the public for in-person services on:
Sunday, July 4, 2021, at 10:00 AM.
With me, Rev Lori, and musical guest, Morris Catten.
We are so excited to be meeting with each other and being in the church again. All of us are so grateful.
Please be patient with us as we maneuver the post-pandemic landscape, while we maintain the necessary protocols to keep us all safe. We will require:
Wearing masks, even if you are vaccinated;
Temperature checks at the door;
Taking your name and information to be kept on a list for two weeks
We will adjust our protocols as things change on the local and state levels. So, remain flexible and know that your greatest good is always a priority.
So, please join us on July 4th at 10:00 AM. And, let’s celebrate our Independence Day together.