OOB Closed Independence Day

OOB Closed Independence Day

The Office of the Bishop will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day. We will return to our normal operating hours (9:00-12:30 & 1:30 - 4:00) on Thursday, July 5th.

Collect of the Day

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. Amen. 1

Thanksgivings for National Life

Almighty God, giver of all good things:
We thank you for the natural majesty and beauty of this land. They restor us, though we often destroy them.
Heal us.

We thank you for the great resources of this nation. They make us rich, though we often exploit them.
Forgive us.

We thank you for the men and women who have made this country strong. They are models for us, though we often fall short of them.
Enlighten us.

We thank you for the faith we have inherited in all its rich variety. It sustains our life, though we have been faithless again and again.
Renew us.

Help us, O Lord, to finish the good work here begun. Strengthen our efforts to blot out ignorance and prejudice, and to abolish poverty and crime. And hasten the day when all our people, with many voices in one united chorus, will glorify your name. Amen. 2


1. "Collect for the Nation" - Book of Common Prayer. Church Publishing 2006 - page 258.
2. "Thanksgivings for National Life" - Book of Common Prayer. Church Publishing 2006 - page 838.

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