† IMMANUEL’S E-MESSENGER †
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Where Did We Get This?
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God… (regarding authorities) For he is God’s servant to do you good…He is God’s servant…
This Monday we celebrate the Declaration of Independence, the anniversary of our nation’s founding. We give God thanks for this nation and the multitude of blessings we enjoy, especially in comparison with most of the rest of the world. We give God thanks because all good things come from his hands alone. No, our government is not perfect in any shape or form. As an earthly institution it is comprised of sinful people and will never attain perfection. There will be flaws in laws as well as those making, administrating, judging and living according to them. Yes, we have the freedom to gripe and complain and to vote for or against as well we do. That too is a blessing not many have as we do here.
As so many sing “God bless America” (especially at ball games) it seems forgotten that this song is really a prayer for that blessing as opposed to the expectation and demand to God that he does what anyone here may have in mind at any given time. Forgotten is that this nation and all who govern have been established by God “to do you good.”
As we celebrate our nation, we celebrate in thanksgiving to God the gifts he continues giving in and through this nation. Let us also remember Paul’s words to Timothy, “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior,” [1 timothy 2:1-3].
A prayer for our nation: O God, most merciful and most gracious, who has encouraged us in Your holy Word to make supplication for all men, we beseech Thee for all Your brethren in this nation, of the great cities and quiet country places, high and low, rich and poor together, that You would prosper agriculture, manufacture, commerce, and every lawful industry; that You would cleanse our nation life from besting sins, and remove all causes of division from among the people; that You would fill our hearts with Your love and our homes with Your peace.
And for all the nations of the human race, that in Your providence to make an end of war, cruelty, oppression, and ignorance, and grant to every land the blessings of peace and order, justice and spiritual knowledge.
We beseech You for the church universal, throughout the world, in all its branches and in all its ministries; that You would further with Your continual favor her work in this land, and in the distant parts of the earth; that You would heal the divisions among Your Son’s disciples, and hasten everywhere the coming fo the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ: in whose name we pray. Amen.
Prayer from Prayers and Services, John Watson, London, 1909
(Devotion by Pastor Richard Mau, Immanuel Lutheran Church)
The coming week @ Immanuel
Sunday, July 3
Divine Services @ 8 and 10 AM
This week’s Theme: A Slave to Freedom
Monday, July 4
Pastor’s Pancakes: 8:30 – 10 AM
Watch/Walk the Parade: 10 AM
Wednesday, July 6
midweek service: 7 PM
Coming Events at Immanuel:
August 1-5 – Vacation Bible School
More info to come – check @ www.immanueldp.org