Prayers of the People June 30, 2019
Fourth of July celebration
God of the ages, the stream of blessings that
By your grace, you have preserved us and allowed this country we love to celebrate its birth once more, and your particular blessings upon our nation have been a focus of our appreciation this week. You are the giver of the purple mountains’ majesty, the fruited plains, the patriots’ dreams, and the shining seas that bless our lives and our land. Help us, then, to turn our grateful faces always toward you, asking for your continued counsel and your assistance to utilize our many blessings wisely.
Today we acknowledge that our freedom to shape our nation’s character and future
And, dear God, we pray as your agents, that every time we celebrate our freedom, you might help us also to act on behalf of those near us for whom life offers only limited freedom. We pray for young people caught up in hopelessness, for men and woman trapped by addiction, for those whose potential has been stifled, for those ensnared by the pangs of grief and loss, for those exhausted by caring for others, for those fearful for the future. Teach us how we may work to help release all these made captive by circumstance.
Finally, this day and every day, God, help us to follow in the way of Jesus Christ, whose strength and goodness and freedom were all invested in you. May we, like him, use our wonderful liberty not as