Lincoln Sunday 2014


Eastgate Christian Church will hold a special worship service in honor of the 205th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth on Sunday, February 9 at 10:25 am.  The service will feature a Lincoln sermon and period hymns and music, and scripture readings from the King James Version of the Bible, which Lincoln read and often quoted.

Rev. Joshua Patty, the senior minister of Eastgate Christian Church, will preach a sermon entitled “Then It Will Be My Duty: Abraham Lincoln and the 1864 Election.”  Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the sermon will explore the issue of crisis leadership.  It will draw upon Lincoln’s situation in the summer of 1864, when there was strong evidence he would lose the upcoming election.    The sermon will compare this experience with 1 Kings 21, where the prophet Elijah must again confront the evil King Ahab.

Lincoln Sunday is a tradition in American Protestant churches, celebrating the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln on a February Sunday close to the anniversary of his birth.  The custom, which featured Lincoln sermons, flourished in the early decades of the 20th Century.

Rev. Patty has been studying the life and legacy of Lincoln for over 25 years and is the author of the Lincoln-related blog Lincolniana, where he shares insights into exhibits, books, and artifacts related to the 16th President.  In previous years he has preached Lincoln sermons on such topics as the Lincoln birthplace cabin, Lincoln’s developing years in New Salem, and the meaning of the Gettysburg Address.  This year’s Lincoln Sermon will be his eleventh.