In His Name the Nations Will Put Their Trust
A Service of HYMNS, SCRIPTURE, and PRAYER for Our Nation
Theme: “In His name the nations will put their trust!"
Matthew 12:21 (NIV)
Order of Service
Preludes and Bell Ringing
Welcome, Introduction, and Invocation
An Introductory Prayer:
O LORD God, You are the one and only God, who has revealed Yourself to be the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We have come into Your presence this evening on this National Day of Prayer, to address You on behalf of our country—the United States of America. Hear us, O LORD, as we express our thanksgivings to You, as we confess our personal and national sins over against You, and as we lay out our petitions before You. We come not because we are worthy to be heard for we are not, but rather we come because You have commanded us so to pray and promised that You will both hear our cries and respond with loving kindness to our needs. Those needs, O LORD, are great. You alone can address them, for You are greater than any need. We come before You with confidence having put our trust in the name of Jesus, Your Son and our Savior. Amen.
A Hymn of Introduction: “Before the Lord We Bow” (CW 618:1, 3-5)
Before the Lord we bow,
The God who reigns above
And rules the world below
In boundless pow'r and love.
Our thanks we bring,
In joy and praise Our hearts we raise
To heav'n's high King.
May ev'ry mountain height,
Each vale and forest green,
Shine in Your Word's pure light
And its rich fruits be seen!
May ev'ry tongue
Be tuned to praise And join to raise
A grateful song!
Earth, hear your Maker's voice,
Your great Redeemer own.
Believe, obey, rejoice,
And worship Him alone.
Cast down your pride,
Your sin deplore, And bow before
And when in pow’r He comes,
Oh, may our native land
From all its rending tombs
Send forth a glorious band,
A countless throng,
And, joyful, sing To heav’n's high King
Part I: We Put Our Trust in Jesus—Our Creator!
A Responsive Reading of Psalm 33
P: Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous!
C: For praise from the upright is beautiful.
P: Praise the LORD with the harp; make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.
C: Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy.
P: For the word of the LORD is right, and all His work is done in truth.
C: He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
P: By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
C: He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses.
P: Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
C: For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.
P: The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
C: He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
P: The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.
C: Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
P: The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men.
C: From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth.
P: He fashions their hearts individually;
C: He considers all their works.
P: No king is saved by the multitude of an army; a mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
C: A horse is a vain hope for safety; neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.
P: Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy,
C: To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
P: Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.
C: For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name.
All: Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, just as we hope in You.
A Hymn of Thanksgiving: “Now Thank We All Our God” (CW 610)
Now thank we all our God
With hearts and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done,
In whom His world rejoices;
Who from our mother's arms
Has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours today.
Oh, may this bounteous God
Through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts
And blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace
And guide us when perplexed
And free us from all ills
In this world and the next.
All praise and thanks to God
The Father now be given,
The Son, and Him who reigns
With them in highest heaven:
The one eternal God,
Whom earth and heav’n adore!
For thus it was, is now,
And shall be evermore. Amen.
A Prayer of Appreciation and Thanksgiving:
Dear Father in heaven, we come before You in grateful appreciation for all of the blessings You have bestowed upon us as individuals and as a nation. You have blessed this nation with tremendous resources and granted us as individuals many opportunities—for this we thank You! You have blessed this nation with many freedoms and allowed us as individuals to exercise the same—for this we thank You! You have protected this nation from its enemies and allowed us as individuals to live our lives in relative peace—for this we thank You! You have allowed this nation to prosper more than any nation in history and filled our lives with great spiritual and material riches—for this we thank You! You have entrusted to this nation a heritage built upon Your Word and its revealed truths, and to us as individuals the blessed responsibility to preserve the same—for this we thank You! Yes, O LORD, cause our hearts always to be filled with grateful appreciation, so that we might daily remember You and thank You for Your loving kindness. Grant that we never forget that our every blessing proceeds from Your hands. Fill us with wisdom, strength, and honor, so that the blessings we enjoy might be used to the honor of Jesus’ name and the ultimate advancement of His kingdom. Amen.
Part II: We Put Our Trust in Jesus—Our Redeemer!
1st Reading: Isaiah 49:5-7
And now the LORD says, Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel is gathered to Him (for I shall be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and My God shall be My strength), indeed He says, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.” Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, to Him whom man despises, to Him whom the nation abhors, to the Servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel; and He has chosen You.”
A Hymn of Petition: “Preserve Your Word, O Savior”
(LSB 658:1-4; italicized words/syllables are sung on two notes)
Preserve Your Word, O Savior,
To us this latter day,
And let Your kingdom flourish;
Enlarge Your Church, we pray.
O keep our faith from failing;
Keep hope’s bright star aglow.
Let nothing from truth turn us
While living here below.
Preserve, O Lord, Your honor,
The bold blasphemer smite;
Convince, convert, enlighten,
The souls in error’s night.
Reveal Your will, dear Savior,
To all who dwell below,
Great Light of all the living,
That all Your name may know.
Preserve, O Lord, Your Zion,
Bought dearly with Your blood;
Protect what You have chosen
Against the hellish flood.
Be always our Defender
When dangers gather round;
When all the earth is crumbling,
Safe may Your Church be found.
Preserve Your Word and preaching,
The truth that makes us whole,
The mirror of Your glory,
The pow’r that saves the soul.
Oh, may this living water,
This dew of heav’nly grace,
Sustain us while here living
Until we see Your face! Amen.
A Prayer of Confession and for Commitment:
O LORD—our just, forgiving, and faithful God, we come before You on behalf of ourselves and our nation to confess our many sins. You have blessed us tremendously, yet we have often failed to thank You. We have rather with pride taken credit for those blessings ourselves—speaking of ourselves as being “self-made” men and women, when in fact were it not for Your gracious presence, we would cease to exist—for this forgive us, O LORD! You have revealed Your good and gracious will in Your Word making known to us Your Ten Commandments, but we have all too often as individuals and as a nation forsaken Your laws and ignored Your truths, substituting for them our own sinful will and desires. We have as a nation repeatedly called good evil and evil good—for this forgive us, O LORD! Lead us by Your Spirit as individuals and as a nation to repent of our many sins, to turn away from them, to come to You, to rejoice in Your forgiveness, and then to follow You with faithfulness. Move us, O LORD, to recognize that true blessing will only come and continue as we follow You, strive to imitate You, and seek first the kingdom and the righteousness of Your Son, Jesus. To that end lead us, O LORD! Amen.
Church Choir: Great King of Nations, Hear Our Prayer
Great King of nations, hear our prayer
While at Thy feet we fall
And humbly with united cry
To Thee for mercy call.
The guilt is ours, but grace is Thine;
Oh, turn us not away,
But hear us from Thy lofty throne
And help us when we pray.
Our fathers' sins were manifold,
And ours no less we own;
Yet wondrously from age to age
Thy goodness hath been shown.
When dangers, like a stormy sea,
Beset our country round,
To Thee we looked, to Thee we cried,
And help in Thee was found.
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan. Prov. 29:2
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Ps. 33:12
With one consent we meekly bow
Beneath Thy chast'ning hand
And, pouring forth confession meet,
Mourn with our mourning land.
With pitying eye behold our need
As thus we lift our prayer;
Correct us with Thy judgments, Lord,
Then let Thy mercy spare. Amen.
Part III: We Put Our Trust in Jesus—Our Mediator!
2nd Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
A Hymn of Petition: “If You But Trust in God to Guide You” (CW 444)
If you but trust in God to guide you
And place your confidence in Him,
He'll give you strength and stand beside you
When days are dreary, dark, and dim.
For those who trust His changeless love
Build on the Rock that does not move.
How can these anxious worries aid you,
These never-ceasing moans and sighs?
Will not His wings of mercy shade you
Whenever troubled times arise?
Our cross and trials do but press
The heavier for our bitterness.
Be patient and await His leisure
In cheerful hope, with heart content;
Then take whate'er your Father's pleasure
And His discerning love have sent.
Doubt not; your inmost wants are known
To Him who chose you for His own.
Sing, pray, and keep His ways unswerving,
Perform your duties faithfully,
And trust His Word; though undeserving,
You’ll find His promise true to be.
God never yet forsook in need
The soul that trusted Him indeed.
A Prayer for Guidance and Protection:
Dear Jesus, our precious Lord and Savior—the one Mediator between God and man, may You lay before Your Father our petitions, so that by His grace we may enjoy both His guidance and His protection. Grant us wisdom as individuals and as a nation. Move us to turn away from our own vain thoughts, and truly seek the guidance of Your Word. We pray for our public officials. We ask that You would bless our President and Vice-President, our United States Senators and Representatives, our Supreme Court Justices and all our other national, state, and local officials. May they truly serve their various constituencies with faithfulness. Give them honesty, integrity, and understanding, so that the decisions they make serve to bless our citizens. Be with and protect the members of our armed services and all those individuals involved in public safety. Give them the skills necessary to perform their duties. Keep them from bodily harm. Grant that they might serve their nation, their states, or their communities with honor and, in turn, be honored by their fellow citizens. Bless all of our citizens who are involved in gainful employment, whether as managers or workers. May their risks and their efforts be rewarded. Be with, guide, and comfort those of our citizens who are unemployed. May their efforts to find employment be successful, so that everyone’s gifts may be used to honor Your name and bring blessing to society. Bless our nation’s schools and universities—both public and private. May godly men and women serve as administrators and instructors. May our students prove to be diligent and resourceful, respectful and intelligent. Above all may we be a nation that honors Your name, Jesus, and in which every citizen ultimately comes to trust in You. We ask for all of these things in Your saving name. Amen.
A Hymn of Blessing: “God Bless Our Native Land!” (TLH 577)
God bless our native land!
Firm may she ever stand
Thro' storm and night!
When the wild tempests rave,
Ruler of wind and wave,
Do Thou our country save
By Thy great might.
For her our prayers shall rise
To God above the skies;
On Him we wait.
Thou who art ever nigh,
Guarding with watchful eye,
To Thee aloud we cry,
God save the State! Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer: (Congregation sings)
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.