04 July 2005

4th of july

Almighty God,
you have given us
this good land for our heritage.
We humbly beseech you
that we may always prove ourselves
a people mindful of your favor
and glad to do your will.
Bless our land with honorable industry,
sound learning,
and pure manners.
Save us from violence, discord, and confusion;
from pride and arrogance,
and from every evil way.
Defend our liberties,
and fashion into one united people
the multitudes brought here
out of many kindreds and tongues.
Endue with the spirit of wisdom
those to whom in your Name
we entrust the authority of government,
that there may be justice and peace among us,
and that, through obedience to your law,
we may show forth your praise
among the nations of the earth.
In the time of prosperity,
fill our hearts with thankfulness,
and in the day of trouble,
do not allow our trust in you to fail;
all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.