Posted by: St. Mark Lutheran Church | July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!

A prayer for the fourth of July:

Christ, by heavenly hosts adored, gracious, mighty, sovereign Lord, God of nations, King of kings, Head of all created things, by the Church with joy confessed, God o’er all, forever blest — pleading, at your throne we stand:  Save your people, bless our land.

On our fields of grass and grain send, O Lord, the kindly rain; o’er the wide and goodly land crown the labors of each hand.  Let your kind protection be o’er our commerce on the sea.  Open, Lord, your bounteous hand; bless your people, bless our land.

Give us rulers who will be known for love and honesty; let the powers that you ordained be in righteousness maintained.  In the people’s hearts increase love of piety and peace.  Thus united, we shall stand one wide, free, and happy land.

— Henry Harbaugh, 1817-1867, Christian Worship 617

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