July 5, 2020
Scripture lessons: Romans 7: 15-26A, Matthew 11: 25-30
A message from Lyn
Prayers for our nation on this Independence Day
Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
–From the Book of Common Prayer, p. 242
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 mke us rich, though we often exploit them. Forgive us.
We thank for those who have made this country strong. They are models for us, though we often fall short of them. Inspire us.
We thank your 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.
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 crime. And hasten the day when all our people, with many voices in one united chorus, will glorify your holy Name. Amen.–From the Book of Common Prayer, p. 838
God bless you all this holiday weekend. And God bless America.
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
I hope some of you have been able to use the “Praying until Pentecost” resource I emailed earlier in the week, and that it has enriched your prayer life.
Our very own St. Mark’s Cathedral is posting online worship resources, including a sung Compline, which you can find here.
Also, you can join the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at Washington National Cathedral. The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde will be presiding and the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry will preach.
The live webcast for online worship begins at 11:15 a.m. EDT, 9:15 a.m. MDT.
Finally, here is my video message to you for Pentecost this Sunday. Have a wonderful weekend!