PRAYERS FOR OUR NATION
The Book of Common Prayer contains several prayers specifically written for our nation. It would be well for us to, periodically, pray the prayers printed below. Our God is a God who rules over the affairs of men and of nations and One who has promised to hear and answer the prayers of His people.
For Our Country
ALMIGHTY GOD, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favour. Bless us with industry, prosperity, learning, and purity of life. Save us from discord and violence, and from pride and arrogancy. Preserve us from public calamities, pestilence, and famine; from war, privy conspiracy, and rebellion; and especially from national sins and corruption. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with wisdom those in authority, that justice and peace may prevail. Make us strong and great in the fear of God, and in the love of righteousness, that, blessed of Thee, we may be a blessing to all people. In prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in trouble suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer, page 62)
For Social Justice
ALMIGHTY GOD, who hast created man in Thine own image; Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil, and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice among men and nations, to the glory of Thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, page 68)
O ETERNAL GOD, through whose mighty power our fathers won their liberties of old; Grant, we beseech Thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, page 279)
St. Andrew’s Preschool Graduation
The May Music Program & Graduation of St. Andrew’s Preschool took place Thursday, May 21, 2009. We thank the preschool staff for a very good year.
We look forward to increased enrollment for the fall term.
Annual Rummage & Bake Sale
The ladies of the Woman’s Guild held their Annual Rummage & Bake Sale on two Saturdays, May 30th and June 6, 2009. We thank the Lord that the ladies made nearly $1,500.00 for missions.
Festival of Christian Music
Our own church choir sang at the Festival of Christian Music here in Tinley Park on Saturday, June 13, 2009. Five area churches participated in this concert. This was the first time the churches have come together for a music festival. It was a wonderful witness of singing praises to our God!
A new study group was formed and met for the first time on Sunday, June 7, 2009. We began studying various philosophies and world views from a Christian perspective. Anyone, who is interested, is invited to meet with us. The study takes place every other Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Our meetings in July will be on the 5th and 19th.
Any one who can, please try and come out on
Saturday, July 18 starting at 9:00 a.m.
We will be painting the Parish Hall.
Work Day at the Church
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Starting at 9:00 a.m.
The Rt. Rev. Royal U. Grote,
Bishop of the Dioceses of Mid-America,
will be with us Sunday, September 6, 2009.
Missionary of the Month
Pray for Rev. and Mrs. William Jerdan (Diane)
They will be moving back to the US shortly.
5 – Susan Levi
7 - Gladys Muir
11 – Jennifer Domato
11 – Fran Chessman
11 – Vicky Elliott
21 – Sue Horosinski
25 – Veronica Elliott
28 – Sara Levi
I Am Old Glory
Marine Master Sergeant Percy Webb
I am Old Glory: For more than nine score years I have been the banner of hope and freedom for generation after generation of Americans. Born amid the first flames of America’s fight for freedom, I am a symbol of a country that has grown from a little group of thirteen colonies to a united nation of fifty sovereign states. Planted firmly on the high pinnacle of American Faith my gently fluttering folds have proved an inspiration to untold millions. Men have followed me into battle with unwavering courage. They have looked upon me as a symbol of national unity. They have prayed that they and their fellow citizens might continue to enjoy the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, which have been granted to every American as the heritage of free men. So long as men love liberty more than life itself; so long as thy treasure the priceless privileges bought with the blood of our forefathers; so long as the principles of truth, justice and charity for all remain deeply rooted in human hearts, I shall continue to be the enduring banner of the United States of America.