Call to Worship for Independence Day
L: We gather this morning appreciating our freedom to worship God.
P: May God continue to bless the Church of Christ in this land.
L: We draw near to the God who rules over all nations
P: May God continue to bless our country and all the countries in the
L: We seek to live in harmony and peace together with all peoples on the
P: May God continue to establish peace on earth and help us
understand that it begins in our hearts.
L: Come, let us worship the Lord!
Independence Day Prayer:
Almighty God, bless our nation and make it true to the ideas of freedom and justice and
brotherhood for all who make it great. Guard us from war, from fire and wind, from
comprise, fear and confusion.
Be close to our president and our statesmen, give them vision and courage, as they
ponder decisions effecting peace and the future of our world. Make me more deeply aware of
my heritage realizing not only my rights but also my duties and responsibilities as a
Make this great land and all its people know clearly your will, that they may fulfill
the destiny ordained for us.
Independence Day Sermons (subscribers only):
The Declaration of Independence
Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and
June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is at once the U.S. nation's most cherished
symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most enduring monument. Here, in exalted and
unforgettable phrases, Jefferson expressed the convictions in the minds and hearts of the
American people. The political philosophy of the Declaration was not new; its ideals of
individual liberty had already been expressed by John Locke and the Continental
philosophers. What Jefferson did was to summarize this philosophy in "self-evident
truths" and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify
before the world the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country. Read a transcription
of the complete text of the Declaration.