Proclaiming Liberty

Day 67

Leviticus 24    Mark 11:1-18

In 1751, the Pennsylvania Assembly ordered a bell from a London foundry to commemorate the commonwealth’s fiftieth anniversary of William Penn’s 1701 Charter of Privileges: Pennsylvania’s original Constitution. Penn wrote of the liberties afforded by a people who trust, solemnly profess, and worship — in his words — the “Almighty God being the only Lord of conscience, Father of lights and spirits; and the author as well as object of all divine knowledge, faith and worship; and in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.”

In 1752 the bell arrived and although the tower that was to house the bell was not finished they were eager to give it a try. Temporary facilities were erected and finally with great anticipation the bell was rang. Imagine their disappointment when its rim split with the first strike of the clapper. Two local foundry men, Pass and Stow were called upon to remake the bell. The second attempt did not fair much better. When it was rang the sound was terrible and it soon cracked. Again they broke apart the bell and recast it adding more copper to the alloy. Although they were not experienced in the art of casting in bronze they succeeded in producing a bell that would become famous. Above their names was inscribed a quote taken from Leviticus 25:10, “Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto the inhabitants thereof.” The bell rang out on July 8, 1776 when the people of Philadelphia were called to here the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. The bell was not perfect, it didn’t shine with a brilliant luster or sound with perfect pitch but its note continued to reverberate around the world. It became the icon for the Abolitionists as the united to drive out the scourge of slavery from our land. In time it came to be known as the Liberty Bell and it still reminds us to, “Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto the inhabitants thereof.”


About Richard McGill

Hi, my name is Richard McGill and my family and I started attending CCC shortly after moving to the area eighteen years ago. Although eighteen years may sound like a long time it has past by so quickly. My wife, Sharon, and I have seen our four children grow and have twice experienced that bitter sweet day when we have loosened our grasp so that our children, could begin families of their own. Sharon and I have been more than rewarded for our sacrifices in that we again, on occasion, have in our home the squeals of laughter that only comes from innocence and youth. We revel in the titles that have been bestowed by sweet little voices and thrill to hear them say Papa and Memaw. In addition to our two married children we have two that are preparing for their future through education. Jenny is finishing her sophomore year at SIU and Alex will graduate from high school this spring. Throughout the past eighteen years I have been privileged to serve in several capacities at CCC. I have been a small group leader, greeter, usher, in the Easter production, on the worship team and have taught Sunday School. While I am honored to be asked to contribute to this most recent effort, I can’t help but wonder if they’re not still trying to find something that I am good at. View all posts by Richard McGill

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