As we enjoy the summer holiday, may we hold in prayer all those who have given their lives to envision, create and defend this country. May the highest vision of who we are as Americans strive always to be aligned with who we are as God’s beloved children. May we live as citizens of that kingdom, where love and respect and dignity are extended by pure grace from our Loving God to each person. As people of faith, may we hold ourselves and our political leaders to account, never failing to speak of the Love we know from God our creator, and to live as those who are walking in God’s sight. Our Book of Common offers these prayers. May your weekend be safe and joyful.
For heroic service
O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP, p. 839)
For the Nation
Almighty God, giver of all good things: We thank you for the natural majesty and beauty of this land. They restore us, though we often destroy them. Heal us.
We thank you for the great resources of this nation.
They make us rich, though we often exploit them. Forgive us.
We thank you for the men and women who by great sacrifice have made this country strong. They are models for us, though we often fall short of them. Inspire us.
We thank you for the torch of liberty which has been lit in this land.
It has drawn people from every nation, though we have often hidden from its light. Enlighten us.
We thank you for the faith we have inherited in all its rich variety.
It sustains our life, though we have been faithless again and again. Renew us.
Help us, O Lord, to finish the good work here begun. Strengthen our efforts to blot out ignorance and prejudice, and to abolish poverty and injustice. And hasten the day when all our people, with many diverse voices in one united chorus, will glorify your holy Name. Amen. (BCP, p. 838)