Suggested scripture readings for Independence Day:
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
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 y their counsel all nations and peoples ay 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.
(UMBOW 442, written by Andy Langford)