Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly ask 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; for pride and arrogance; and from every evil way.
Defend our liberties, and fashion into one happy people the multitudes brought here out of many relatives and tongues.
Give the spirit of wisdom those to whom in your name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, 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 suffer not our trust in you to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In these days of great civil strife and disunity in our nation, I thought the words of this prayer to be especially meaningful and applicable. May God bless America!

In Christ,
Pastor Jim

*Slightly revised from The Book of Common Worship

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