Lincoln Sunday 2015


Eastgate Christian Church will hold a special worship service in honor of the 206th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth on Sunday, February 15 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 “To Lay Down One’s Life: The Martyrdom of Abraham Lincoln.”  Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Lincoln and the end of the American Civil War, the sermon will compare Lincoln’s untimely death with Jesus’ teaching in John 15 on the nature of love, which Jesus perfectly embodied through his own life and death.

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 twelfth.