Welcome to our Online Worship. The theme for today's worship is "Citizens of Two Kingdoms." Religious Liberty is one of our nation's fundamental rights. Our Constitution says the government can't "establish" a religion and that it has to allow for the "free exercise" of religion. T
he separation of church and state is an important corollary to the practice of religious liberty. How do we live as citizens in two kingdoms? May God be with you as worship Him today.
Call to Worship
O God, on this weekend that we celebrate our nation's birthday, we thank you for the freedom we have to worship you. We thank you also for our freedom in Christ who has set us free from sin and death. We exalt you, O God, above all else and worship you for you, the Fount of Every Blessing, are deserving of our worship. May you be blessed by our worship today. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Citizens of Two Kingdoms
God and God Alone
Giving of Tithes and Offerings
Independence Day Prayer
Father God, as we celebrate our nation's birthday, we pray that you would continue to bless us as we strive to be a "more perfect union." We confess that we have often fallen short of our ideals and ask for your forgiveness. We would pray for healing of the wounds that have been created by our failure to live up to our aspirations.
Help us, as we seek to be a nation that honors you, grateful for the liberties that we enjoy as citizens of this great country.
Father God, may each and every person, who is created in your image, experience fully the freedoms that have been given and fought for and died for on our behalf. May we truly be a nation where all people, regardless of their race or their station in life, are treated equally and without prejudice, enjoying all of its rights and freedoms. Help us to listen to one another and to try to understand one another and to love another, even as you have loved us.
Father God, we pray that you would give wisdom and discernment to our leaders as they guide us. May they depend upon you as they seek to lead us. We ask that you especially be with us in this time of great turmoil in our nation as we journey together through this pandemic. We pray for our doctors and nurses and all our medical personnel, for scientists and others who are working for a vaccine. We pray for our policemen and firemen and other first responders who protect us and serve us diligently. We pray for their safety. We pray for our spiritual leaders that you would be with them as they guide their congregations and find ways to minister during these trying times. We pray for employers and employees, especially those who have lost businesses and jobs and are suffering economically. We pray their needs would be met. We pray for each and every citizen and ask your blessing on the them that they may experience your presence and your power in their lives. This is our prayer and we offer it in the name of Jesus. May we depend upon Him for all we are and hope to be. Amen.
Yet Not I, But Christ
Now, may Christs dwell in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and the length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Amen and Amen.