*Call to Worship
We came from all places and all peoples to gather here
today. Some of us traveled across the ice, others came later
in boats, still others of
us waded rivers or arrived in
People: We found a
land blessed. Blessed with mountains and valleys, rivers
and oceans, fertile earth, wonderful woods, and promising
Leader: Here, a dream
was born. A dream of freedom from all oppression, a dream of
hope for our children, a dream of people in community under
People: We have
turned to nations and peoples who gave us birth: Send us
the voiceless. Send us the fearful. Send us the oppressed.
Leader: And so the
People: And so the
dream of America continues…
help us to do your work until your dreams come true…
*Hymn of Praise “America
the Beautiful” #696
The well of God is
full -- come and drink! His kindness and goodness and mercy
are overflowing -- open your hearts to receive them! It is
no accident that you are here, that we are together and that
God is with us. God desires to be with us, so find joy in
the divine presence. Give God all your worship, whether you
have much or little. God is worthy of all we bring. And
where you find yourself empty, allow God to fill you. Great
God, we give you our praise. May it be pleasing in your
sight and proclaim your great glory! Amen.
“Here I am to
God” TFWS #2040 x 2
WE TALK TO GOD THROUGH PRAYER
Praises, Joys and Concerns
CELEBRATING OUR GIFTS
Offering of Tithes and Gifts to the Lord
Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving
CELEBRATING THE WORD
Special Music and Testimonies
30 page 762-3
Two Shoes” Pastor Mary
the Sacrament Of Holy Communion
“When I Survey the
*Dismissal With Blessing
A GREAT THANKSGIVING FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY
Pastor: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Pastor: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up to the Lord.
Pastor: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Pastor: Almighty God, Creator of the universe, Ruler of all
nations, Judge of all flesh, you have placed us, your
people, in this land made rich with rivers, forests,
mountains, and creatures great and small. Here, you set
before the founders and pioneers of this nation an
opportunity beyond measure to build a realm of justice,
peace, and freedom. Here you continue to call your people,
freed from the law and baptized into Christ Jesus, to be a
sign of your reign in all the world. For such a place, such
a vision and such a calling we give you thanks, praying we
may ever join afresh the dreams you set before us as we join
with your people in every land on earth and with all the
company of heaven in your unceasing praise:
People: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Pastor: Above all we give you thanks for the gift of your
Son Jesus Christ, who sends us into the world to declare the
good news of your kingdom to every creature:
People: Justice to all peoples, good news to the poor,
release for prisoners,
sight for the blind, and freedom for the oppressed.
Pastor: On the night before he was arrested and
sentenced to death by the authorities of his own nation, he
took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it to his disciples,
and said: "Take, eat; this is my body which is given for
When supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks, gave it
to his disciples, and said, "Drink from this, all of you;
this is my blood of the covenant poured out for you and for
many, for the forgiveness of sins."
And so we remember and proclaim the mystery of faith.
People: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will
Pastor: We pour ourselves out before you in praise and
thanksgiving, a holy and living sacrifice in union with
Christ’s offering for us.
So pour out your Spirit on us and on these gifts of bread
and wine. Make Christ known to us in the breaking of this
bread, and the sharing of this cup. Renew our fellowship in
him, that we may be for the world his body poured out for
the world at this time in this nation, and at that great
banquet in the fullness of your new creation where justice
flows like rivers, righteousness like an ever-flowing
stream, where none shall hunger or thirst, neither shall
they learn war anymore.
By him, with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy
Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, almighty God, now and
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.