Jul 4, 2020

SET FREE BY TRUTH




CENTERING WORDS

Now our God is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of our God is, there is freedom.
II Corinithans 3.17


SONG        America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates (1911)

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!


CALL TO WORSHIP


Open my lips, O God.
And my mouth will declare your praise.
O God, make haste to deliver me;
make haste to help me, O God.
Glory be to God: Holy, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. 
Amen.

CANTICLE

“My soul proclaims your greatness, O God,
and my spirit rejoices in you, my Savior.
For you have looked with favor
upon your lowly servant,
and from this day forward
all generations will call me blessed.
For you, the Almighty, 
have done great things for me,
and holy is your Name.
Your mercy reaches from age to age
for those who fear you.
You have shown strength with your arm;
you have scattered the proud in their conceit;
you have deposed the mighty from their thrones
and raised the lowly to high places.
You have filled the hungry with good things,
while you have sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the aid of Israel your servant,
mindful of your mercy—
the promise you made to our ancestors—
to Sarah and Abraham
and their descendants forever.”
Luke 1.46-55


SCRIPTURE

The Spirit of God, the Most Exalted One, is upon me,
for God has anointed me:
God has sent me to bring good news to those who
are poor;
to heal broken hearts;
to proclaim release to those held captive
and liberation to those in prison; 
to announce a year of favor from YHWH,
and the day of God’s vindication;
to comfort all who mourn, 
to provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to give them a wreath of flowers instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of tears,
a cloak of praise instead of despair.
Isaiah 61.1-3

And the Word became flesh
and stayed for a little while among us;
we saw the Word’s glory—
the favor and position a parent gives an only child—
filled with grace, filled with truth.
Jesus said, “If you live according to my teaching,
you really are my disciples; then you’ll know the truth,
and the truth will set you free.”
John 1.14; 8.31-32


PRAYERS

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, we pray, that we and all the people of this land 
may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace;  
in your Name most Blessed and Blessing. Amen.

God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for thy glory, 
to serve thee in freedom and in peace: 
Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice 
and the strength of forbearance, 
that we may use our liberty in accordance with thy gracious will; 
in your Name most Blessed and Blessing. Amen.

Almighty God, kindle, we ask you, in every heart the true love of peace, 
and guide with thy wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, 
that in tranquillity your realm may increase till the earth is filled 
with the knowledge of your mercy, compassion, and love; 
in your Name most Blessed and Blessing. 
Amen.

Almighty and Most Merciful God,
we come giving thanks to you
for our nation.
We praise you for the blessings
of freedom, independence and
the countless ways you gift us.
We confess and grieve the reality
that these blessings have not been shared
in equality and equity of access.
One of our most grave sins in the racism
that permeates our lives and oppress
people of color, women, LGBTIX persons,
the people with disability, 
the least of those among us and the poor.
Our nation, and its many freedoms,
are a gift from you. But we have--as white
males--have squandered our liberty with
lust, and greed, and violence.
These forms of evil weigh heavy
on our hearts and minds and spirits.
Forgive us, O God, that we may enpower
and enable all to know the fullness of your
love.
May we remove the boundaries that
exclude and dismiss others by bias and
discrimination.
Help us to never take for granted the many
gifts and blessings you have given us.
May we always honor you.
Be with us, O God, as we strive to be a
blessing to each other and the whole world.
In your most Holy and Blessed Name.
Amen.

SONG     This Is My Song by Lloyd Stone, Georgia Harkness, Jean Sibelius

This is my song O God of all the nations
A song of peace for lands afar and mine
This is my home the country where my heart is
Here are my hopes my dreams my holy shrine
But other hearts in other lands are beating
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine

My country's skies are bluer than the ocean
And sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine
But other lands have sunlight too and clover
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine
O hear my song Thou God of all nations
A song of peace for their land and for mine

This is my prayer O Lord of all earth's kingdoms
Thy kingdom come on earth Thy will be done
Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve Him
And hearts united learn to live as one
O hear my prayer Thou God of all nations
Myself I give Thee let Thy will be done

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  • Scripture texts adapted from Priests for Equality. The Inclusive Bible. Sheed & Ward.
  • Prayers 1-3 adapted from the Book Of Common Prayer


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