Independence Day Prayer
By Mary Fairchild
There is no greater feeling of liberation than to experience this freedom from sin and death that you have provided for me through Jesus Christ. Today my heart and my soul are free to praise you. For this, I am very thankful.
On this Independence Day, I am reminded of all those who have sacrificed for my freedom, following the example of your Son, Jesus Christ. Let me not take my freedom, both physical and spiritual, for granted. May I always remember that a very high price was paid for my freedom. My freedom cost others their very lives.
Lord, today, bless those who have served and continue to give their lives for my freedom. With favor and bounty meet their needs and watch over their families.
Dear Father, I am so thankful for this nation. For all the sacrifices others have made to build and defend this country, I am grateful.
Thank you for the opportunities and freedoms we have in the United States
of America. Help me never to take these blessings for granted.
Help me to live my life in a way that glorifies you, Lord. Give me the strength to be a blessing in someone’s life today, and grant me the opportunity to lead others into the freedom that can be found in knowing Christ.
CONFIDENCE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
July 3, 2016
The Prelude & Lighting of the Candles
Call to Worship Hymn: Seek Ye First – Page 405
The Welcome and Invocation: Rev. Edwin Smith
*Affirmation of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed – Page 881
Announcements: Bruce Cram
Hymn of Grace: The Battle of the Republic – Page 717
Hymn of Grace: America the Beautiful – Page 696
Responsive Reading: What Does the Lord Require – Page 441
(Unison) “So Justly; Love Mercy” – Clifford McKenzie
Celebrations, Joys and Concerns: Rev. Edwin Smith
*Lord’s Prayer: Congregation
*Gloria Patri – Page 70
Gifts of Our Tithes and Offerings – Doxology
Greet One Another – We welcome all visitors.
Anthem: God Bless America – Choir
Sermon: “A Declaration of Dependence on God”
II Chronicles 20:15-17, 27-30
Communion – Page 12
Closing Hymn: My Country Tis of Thee – Page 697
Closing Prayer and Benediction: Rev. Edwin Smith
*Those who are able please stand
Andrew Carlton (Debra’s nephew), Willie Napier, Edward Ellard, Keifer Reynolds, Jean Crain, Juanita South, Phyllis Freels, Ray Freels, Bryce Wiley, Pam Pyeatt, Shannon Lay, Tommy Kelly, Charlotte Worley, Keith Phinney, Bonnie Timney, Pastor David Hoover, Crystal Teague, Michele Sellers.
Church Calendar and Updates:
Adult Sunday School at 10:00 till 10:45 AM
Choir Practice Wed. July 6 @ 6:30 PM
Bible Study Wed. July 6 @ 7:00 PM
Church Council Meeting Wed. July 20 @ 7:00
Fellowship Lunch Sunday July 24
Birthday Celebrations for July:
George Dean 7/4, Nicholas Hoyle 7/6, Clifford McKenzie 7/7, Gary Westbrooks 7/11, Renee Westbrooks 7/11, Thurman Freels 7/15, Wille Napier 7/22, Bruce Cram 7/23
Anniversary’s for July:
Roger and Faye Craven 7\19, Wilson and Sharon Yeast 7/24
Sermon Notes: “A Declaration of Dependence on God”
While we celebrate the independence of our nation, let us remember our dependence on God
Welcome: All are welcome at this worship celebration. We especially welcome our first-time guests. Please visit us again soon.
Pastor’s E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org –