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Sixth Sunday after Trinity - 8 July 2019

The Sixth Sunday after Trinity.
Daniel 2.20-23
Domini benedictum
Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: * for wisdom and might are his:
And he changeth the times and the seasons: *he removeth kings, and setteth up kings:
He giveth wisdom unto the wise, * and knowledge to them that know understanding:
He revealeth the deep and secret things: * he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.
I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, * who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son * and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be * world without end. Amen.

The Collect.
O GOD, who hast prepared for them that love thee such good things as pass man’s understanding; Pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 57.13b-19
Psalter: Psalm 28, 29 | 30, 31
Epistle Reading: Romans 6.3-11
Gospel Reading: St. Matthew 5.20-26

Personal: Throughout the month of July I am going to focus one of the petitions of our church’s pastoral/congregational prayer on our nation’s founding. Here is the petition for the 8th of July:

O God, by your creating mankind in your own image you did bestow on all people certain, unalienable rights. We come today in rich gratitude for these God-given liberties which are assumed in the Declaration of Independence, described in the U.S. Constitution and longed for world over. Thank You, Father, for your directing providence and gift of courage that guided our forbearers to stand against tyranny and to fight for true liberty. Please protect our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines today, especially those who face numerous dangers and depravations to defend these liberties. Shield our police officers and firefighters who risk much to keep us safe. Guide our national leaders, our legislators, governors and judiciary that they will be firmly steered by our founding principles, protecting and promoting liberty and justice for all – for the free born, foreign born and unborn. Prosper all honest industry, our farmers, our educators, public servants, the self-employed, the medical and helping professions, and others, so that our country may flourish. Deliver us from all natural catastrophes, plagues, famines, pestilence, drought, war, and rebellion. May the religious always be safe to live out their faith in this nation. May the citizens of this land always strive for a godly, moral and ethical excellence in every situation. We joyfully commend these United States of America into your safe keeping, and implore you for Jesus Christ’s sake to hear our prayers. Amen.

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