Friends, As we celebrate the birth of our country, let us remember that our pledge says, "Freedom and justice for all." All means all in the world, in the church, in our homes.
Dear God, You are the author of all good things. You are our creator, sustainer, and redeemer. As we celebrate the birth of our country, let us call our nation to prayer. And let us remember that true greatness means being mighty in service to others. And true generosity means welcoming strangers in our church, in our neighborhood, in our country. In Christ's Holy Name, Amen.