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INDEPENDENCE DAY

July 4 celebrates the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, but the resources may be used for the Independence Day of any nation.

Scripture Readings

Deuteronomy 10:12 –13, 17–21 What does God require of a nation?
Psalm 72 A prayer for justice and righteousness
Galatians 5:13 –26 The proper use of freedom
John 8:31 –36 True freedom

Suggested Hymns and Prayers from UMH

696 America the Beautiful 698 God of the Ages
697 America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee) 519 Lift Every Voice and Sing
429 For Our Country 437 This Is My Song

Prayer

Almighty God, you rule all the peoples of the earth.
Inspire the minds of all women and men to whom you have committed
the responsibility of government and leadership
in the nations of the world.
Give to them the vision of truth and justice,
that by their counsel all nations and peoples may work together.
Give to the people of our country
zeal for justice and strength of forbearance,
that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will.
Forgive our shortcomings as a nation;
purify our hearts to see and love the truth.
We pray all these things through Jesus Christ. Amen.

(ANDY LANGFORD, U.S.A., 20TH CENT.)

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