Sunday, July 4
Worship, Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, 4 July 2021
Song Chal 721, “My Country, ’Tis of Thee”
2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
Song Chal 724, “O God of Earth and Altar”
prayers of the people
A Prayer for the Nation (Chalice Hymnal 723)
Words of Institution
sharing the meal together
the Lord’s Prayer
Song Chal 722, “This Is My Song”
All songs this week are from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Chalice Hymnal
Chal 721: “My Country, ’Tis of Thee,” Words: Samuel Francis Smith, 1831; Tune: “America,” from Thesaurus Musicus, 1744.
v. 1: My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing; land where my parents died, land of the pilgrims’ pride, from every mountainside let freedom ring.
v. 2: My native country, thee, land of the noble free, thy name I love; I love thy rocks and rills, thy woods and templed hills; my heart with rapture thrills like that above.
v. 3: Let music swell the breeze, and ring from all the trees sweet freedom’s song; let mortal tongues awake, let all that breathe partake, let rocks their silence break, the sound prolong.
v. 4: Our parents’ God, to thee, author of liberty, to thee we sing; long may our land be bright with freedom’s holy light; protect us by thy might, Great God, our King.
Chal 724: “O God of Earth and Altar,” Words: stanzas 1 and 2, G.K. Chesterton, 1906, altered; stanza 3, Jane Parker Huber, 1985; Tune: “Llangloffan,” Welsh folk melody
v. 1: O God of earth and altar, bow down and hear our cry; our earthly leaders falter, our people drift and die; the walls of gold entomb us, the swords of scorn divide; take not your thunder from us, but take away our pride.
v. 2: For all that terror teaches, from lies of pen and tongue, from all the easy speeches that soothe us in our wrong, from sale and profanation of honor and the sword, from sleep and from damnation, deliver us, O Lord!
v. 3: Awaken us to action and forge us into one, defying sect and faction; O God, your will be done! Oppressive systems snare us; our apathies increase. Great God, in mercy spare us for justice and for peace!
Chal 722: “This Is My Song,” Words: stanzas 1 and 2, Lloyd Stone, 1934; stanza 3, Georgia Harkness, c. 1939, altered; Tune: “Finlandia,” Jean Sibelius, 1899, arr. The Hymnal, 1933.
v. 1: This is my song, O God of all the nations, a song of peace for lands afar and mine. This is my home, the country where my heart is; here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine; but other hearts in other lands are beating with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.
v. 2: My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean, and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine; but other lands have sunlight, too, and clover, and skies are everywhere as blue as mine. O hear my song, thou God of all the nations, a song of peace for their land and for mine.
v. 3: This is my prayer, O Ruler of the nations: let thy reign come; on earth thy will be done. In peace may all earth’s people draw together, and hearts united learn to live as one. O hear my prayer, thou God of all the nations; myself I give thee; let thy will be done.