* Hymn 461, vv. 1, 2 & 4,
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
* First Article & Explanation
Hymn, 466, We Praise Thee, O God
Reading: Romans 13:1-7
* Prayer for Our Nation
* Hymn, 602,
God Bless Our Native Land
* The Blessing
Prayer for Our Nation
P: Almighty God and Father, We thank you for all of the earthly blessings
which You shower down upon our nation.
C: Guide and bless all lawful authority, especially our President, the Congress, and the Governor and legislators of this state.
P: Give them wisdom and sound judgment that justice may prevail and
wickedness be hindered and punished.
C: We commend to Your care those who serve our nation in the armed forces. Keep them in Your gracious care according to Your will. Be with their families and comfort them with the peace which this world cannot give.
P: Let your blessing rest upon seed time and harvest, on commerce and industry, on medicine and science; sanctify the arts and culture, the rest and leisure of Your people.
C: Protect all who travel and grant them a safe return. Above all cause us to remain faithful citizens of Your Kingdom of grace through Christ our Lord, and finally take us to the eternal home He has prepared for us.
All: We ask this all in His name. Amen.