What Shall We Say about America?

Jul 4, 1999
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 575; 580(st.1-4,6,9); 307/315; 577
Pre-Service Prayer:

Almighty heavenly Father, I thank You for all Your gifts! Today I especially thank You for our freedom and the gifts You have showered on our land. Forgive our many sins—personal and national—for Your mercy’s sake. Use the Word and Sacrament to strengthen my faith and that of my fellow believers. Fill our hearts with love for You. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 33

First Reading: 

1 Timothy 2:1-5

A free country, wise rulers, and a prosperous land are blessigns from God. These blessings help to give us a "good life" the earth. Peace and success on the earth are not the ultimate goal. God gives these blessings to His children to enjoy with thanksgiving, but also to enable a greater spread of the Gospel.

Second Reading: 

Matthew 22:15-22

The Pharisees frequently tried to trick Jesus into saying something that would contradict God’s Word. On at least one occasion, they tried to trap Jesus with a question about the Roman government’s rule over Israel. They hoped to either catch Him as a traitor to the government or as a traitor to God. Jesus was neither. His answer spoke of loyalty both.