Happy Birthday America

July 5, 2015

This weekend we celebrate two hundred and thirty-nine years of independence from Great Britain and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. There will be parades, fireworks, barbecues, family gatherings and even worship services giving thanks to God to celebrate this day.

This year we give thanks to God for the Supreme Court’s decision to honor the dignity of LGBT persons and their right to marry, as well as honest conversations about race and the symbolism of the Confederate flag, and the historic vote by our church to elect its first African-American Presiding Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry.

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into our united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [1]

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[1] BCP pg. 820 Prayers for National Life.