For Your Independence Day Liturgy

Inspirational works to add to your own spiritual July 4 celebration.

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Almighty God,

bless our nation

and make it true

to the ideas of freedom and justice

and brotherhood for all who make it great.

Guard us from war,

from fire and wind,

from compromise, fear, confusion.

Be close to our president and our statesmen;

give them vision and courage,

as they ponder decisions affecting peace

and the future of the world.

Make me more deeply aware of my heritage;
realizing not only my rights
but also my duties
and responsibilities as a citizen.

Make this great land
and all its people
know clearly Your will,
that they may fulfill
the destiny ordained for us
in the salvation of the nations,
and the restoring of all things in Christ.


On the Pulse of Morning (1993)


By Maya Angelou

"Today I call you to my riverside

If you will study war no more. Come,

Clad in peace and I will sing the songs


The Creator gave to me when I and the

Tree and the stone were one.

Before cynicism was a bloody sear across your

Brow and when you yet knew you still

Knew nothing.

The River sings and sings on.

There is a true yearning to respond to

The singing River and the wise Rock.

So say the Asian, the Hispanic, the Jew

The African and Native American, the Sioux,

The Catholic, the Muslim, the French, the Greek


The Irish, the Rabbi, the Priest, the Sheikh,

The Gay, the Straight, the Preacher,

The privileged, the homeless, the Teacher.

They hear. They all hear

The speaking of the Tree.

Today, the first and last of every Tree

Speaks to humankind. Come to me, here beside the River.

Plant yourself beside me, here beside the River."

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