Thursday, July 2, 2009

Prayers for Independence Day

From the Book of Common Prayer:

Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

From the RC Church:

God, source of all freedom, this day is bright with memory of those who declared that life and liberty are your gifts to every human being. Help us to continue the good work begun long ago. Make our vision clear and our will strong: that only in human solidarity will we find true liberty, and true justice only in the honor that belongs to every life on earth. Turn our hearts toward the family of nations: to understand the way to others, to offer friendship, and to find safety only in the common good to all. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

From the Lutherans:

Lord of the nations, guide this nation by your Spirit to go forward in justice and freedom. Give to all our people the blessings of well-being and harmony, but above all things give us faith in you, that our nation may bring glory to your name and blessings to all peoples, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Lord. Amen.

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