This service may be used on July 4 or the Sunday nearest Independence Day or other occasions when the church gathers to celebrate and recall the nature of true freedom. It may be used in the United States or the independence day of any nation.A Great Thanksgiving for 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.INDEPENDENCE DAY »
Words by Daniel C. Roberts, 1876
Music: tune, NATIONAL HYMN, by George Warren, 1894
This well-known hymn of the nation was written in celebration of the USA's centennial in 1876.
We came from all places and all peoples to gather here today.Some of us traveled across the ice, others came later in boats, still others of us waded rivers or arrived in planes.We found a land blessed.A Call to Worship for Independence Day »
Gracious God. On this date in particular, we give thanks for this country. We thank you for the ideals of freedom and equality and inclusion that this country seeks to have. We pray for our leaders and ask that you guide them in making wise decisions that benefit the whole, not just a few. And we ask that you help us discern the division between country and faith so that all may have the same freedoms we so enjoy.Celebrating Independence Day in Your Home »
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 . . .
With the USA Independence Day approaching (July 4), I've received a few messages once again this year asking why there are so few patriotic songs in our hymnal. Most questions ask specifically about "The Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America." Let's look at what is in our hymnal and compare it to other Methodist hymnals of the 20th century and other denominational hymnals.Why Aren’t There More Patriotic Songs in Our Hymnal? »
Common as this practice is, there seems to be no way to display both flags together that does not dishonor one flag or the other.Should We Have Flags in the Church? The Christian Flag and the American Flag »