August 2019 "We Believe In America" Study Time
from "God Governs in the Affairs of Men" Book & Calendar

Reverend Thomas Prince, from the high pulpit of the Old South Meetinghouse, prayed before hundreds. The morning was clear and calm, people had walked to church through sunshine. “Deliver us from the enemy!” the minister implored. “Send thy tempest, Lord upon the waters to the eastward! Raise Thy right hand. Scatter the ships of our tormentors and drive them hence. Sink their proud frigates beneath the power of Thy winds.”

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We Believe in America & Its Remarkable Freedom Trail

Our lives are filled with an abundance of freedom. However, this freedom is often taken for granted which can be dangerous to our future. Freedom did not just happen. It took many years, many lives, and dedication, to arrive at the freedom we enjoy today. We believe it is important for the children to understand the steps of this freedom and what is necessary as citizens to keep our freedom for us and future generations.

There are many events that contributed to this liberty. In this series we have chosen to begin with the Magna Carta in 1215, through the Bill of Rights made into law in 1791, and ask, “What is our responsibility today?” There are 10 colorful posters with corresponding stories and events printed in the included pamphlet. We hope you enjoy this adventure with your children and may we all say together, “We Believe In America and Its Remarkable Freedom Trail.”

The Star-Spangled Banner

It may seem unusual to consider a national anthem as a Christian hymn, but in the United States of America (U.S.), certain parts of the text of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' have significant meaning for God- fearing citizens. In the third verse, the author refers to the power of God in the founding and preservation of the country. The historical account given in poetic form throughout the anthem speaks of that preservation. The basic situation surrounding the writing of the text is familiar to most Americans. The author's observation of the attack on Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812 is well documented in history. Looking into more than just the bare facts can help give additional perspective and meaning to the anthem. Why did the War of 1812 happen? Where is Ft. McHenry and why was it a target for the British? Who was Francis Scott Key and why was he on a ship in Baltimore harbor during a battle? Who was Dr. Beane? What did the flag look like in 1814? What led to the descriptions given in the text? Where did the music come from? What meaning can the anthem have for us today.

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