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  • a service to remember thevision of freedom

    Sunday, July 3, 201610:00 am

    Washington National Cathedral

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    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,

    that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,

    that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness -- That to

    secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their

    just powers from the consent of the governed -- That whenever any Form of

    Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People

    to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation

    on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall

    seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

    We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General

    Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the

    rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good

    People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United

    Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States . . . . And

    for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of

    divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes

    and our sacred Honor.

    The Declaration of Independence, ratified July 4, 1776

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    carillon preludeGod of our fathers, whose almighty hand National Hymn; arr. Edward M. Nassor (b. 1957)God bless our native land America; arr. Edward Lee Cobb (b. 1963)O beautiful for spacious skies Materna; arr. Leen t Hart (1920-1992)Tis the gift to be simple Simple Gifts; arr. Richard Giszczak (b. 1948)Prelude on Nettleton Jim Dalton (b. 1957)Mine eyes have seen the glory Julia Ward Howe (18191910); arr. L. t Hart

    organ preludeVariations on How Firm a Foundation Janet Linker (b. 1938)

    introit Finlandia Antonn Dvork (1841-1904); arr. Michael McCarthy (b. 1966)

    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.

    My countrys skies are bluer than the ocean, And sunlight beams on clover leaf 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.

    The people stand.

    entrance hymn717 My country, tis of thee America

    words of welcome

    opening acclamationofficiant Let the peoples praise you, O God;people let all the peoples praise you.

    officiant Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,people for you rule the world with justice.

    officiant With fairness you rule the peoples,people and guide all the nations upon earth.

    officiant Let the people praise you, O God;people let all the peoples praise you.

    vision of freedoma service to remember the

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    hymn of praiseWeve come this far by faith arr. Richard Smallwood

    collect for independence dayofficiant The Lord be with you.people And also with you.

    officiant Let us pray.

    Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

    people Amen.

    officiant Let us now remember our history, that our past may inform our future.

    The people are seated.

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    Voices of Native Americans

    The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations: The Great Binding Law (Gayanashagowa)Rights of the People of the Five Nations

    The original Five Nations: Mohawk, Onondaga, Seneca, Oneida, Cayuga 1390-1500

    native american fluteCathedral Canyon

    The people stand.

    native american prayer attr. Sioux Chief Yellow Hawkleader O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to all the world,

    hear me. I come before you, one of your children. I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom. Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise, so that I may know the things you have taught my people, the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength, not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy: myself. Make me ever ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes, so that when life fades as a fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.

    people Amen.

    The people are seated.

    Voices of the Founders

    The Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson, principal author July 4, 1776

    Letter to John AdamsAbigail Adams March 31, 1776

    The people stand.

    hymn718 God of our fathers National Hymn

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    prayer for the nationleader Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in

    freedom and in peace: give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

    people Amen.

    The people are seated.

    Voices of a Divided Nation

    The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro Frederick Douglas July 5, 1852

    The Gettysburg AddressPresident Abraham Lincoln November 19, 1863

    I am pleading for My PeopleSojourner Truth 1878


    Deep River Gerre Hancock (1934-2012)

    Deep river, my home is over Jordan, deep river, Lord, I want to cross over into campground. Oh dont you want to go to that gospel feast, that promised land where all is peace? Deep river, Lord, I want to cross over into campground.

    The people stand.

    woodrow wilsons prayerleader Almighty God, ruler of all the peoples of the earth, forgive, we pray, our shortcomings as a

    nation; purify our hearts to see and love truth; give wisdom to our counselors and steadfastness to our people; and bring us at last to the fair city of peace, whose foundations are mercy, justice and goodwill, and whose builder and maker you are; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

    people Amen.

    The people are seated.

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    Voices of a Nation during World Conflict

    Third Inaugural Address

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt January 20, 1941

    A Japanese-American in an Internment Camp Mary Tsukamoto 1943

    The Tuskegee AirmenDr. Roscoe Brown, former Commander 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group 2007

    The people stand.

    hymnLift evry voice and sing Lift Every Voice

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    prayer for the human familyleader O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with

    compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    people Amen.

    The people are seated.


    The people remain seated while an offering is received to support the Cathedrals ministry of sharing Gods love with the


    music at the offertory

    Mine eyes have seen the glory Peter Wilhousky (1902-1978)

    Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword; His truth is marching on.

    Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on!

    I have seen him in the watchfires of a hundred circling camps; They have builded him an altar in the evening dews and damps; I can read his righteous sentence in the dim and flaring lamps; His day is marching on. Refrain

    In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea; With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me; As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free; While God is marching on.

    The people stand and join singing the final chorus.

    The people are seated.

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    Voices of Social Change

    Report to the American People on Civil Rights

    President John F. Kennedy June 11, 1963

    Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage EqualityJustice Anthony Kennedy June 26, 2015

    anthem Set me as a seal Ren Clausen (b. 1953)

    Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm, for love is strong as death; many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.