Call to Worship, Prayer: Bless the Nation

Here’s an opening call to worship and prayer suitable for use on Independence Day (July 4), Canada Day (July 1) or at any other national celebration.

Call to Worship & Prayer

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.

Happy are the people who serve the God of Jacob.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.

Let us pray.
Loving God,
we gather to praise and worship you
and to pledge to you our loyalty and our service.
Bless our gathering and our remembering,
our hearing and our speaking,
that all honor and glory may be yours.

Bless us that we may be a blessing—
a blessing to you, to our community,
to our nation, and to our world.
We ask it in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen

 — from a service of the Cahill United Methodist Church, Alvarado, Texas.

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