Dramatic Responsive Reading for July 4th Service
Here is a powerful dramatic and responsive reading that works great for a Fourth of July Celebration Service. It is excerpted from the House of Representatives Resolution 397 (1ST SESSION).
It highlights in chronological order many evidences of how the United States of America was founded on God and why therefore it should continue to be a Christian nation.
This Dramatic Reading needs 4 people and takes 9 minutes to read. We encourage you to play a building rendition of Battle Hymn of the Republic or a similar patriotic song to accompany the reading.
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Reader 4: Whereas, beginning in 1904 and continuing for the next half century, the Federal Government printed and distributed The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth for the use of Members of Congress because of the important teachings it contained;
Reader 1:Whereas in 1931, Congress by law adopted the Star-Spangled Banner as the official National Anthem, with its phrases such as ‘‘may the Heav’n-rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation,” and ‘‘this be our motto, ‘In God is our trust!’ ”;
All Readers: Whereas in 1954, Congress by law added the phrase ‘‘one nation under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance;
(Music grows louder, now with distinguishable melody of Battle Hymn of the Republic.)
Reader 3: Whereas in 1954, a special Congressional Prayer Room was added to the Capitol with a kneeling bench, an altar, an open Bible, an inspiring stained-glass window with George Washington kneeling in prayer, the declaration of Psalm 16:1: ‘‘Preserve me, O God, for in Thee do I put my trust,” and the phrase ‘‘This Nation Under God” displayed above the kneeling, prayerful Washington;
Reader 4: Whereas in 1956, Congress by law made ‘‘In God We Trust” the National Motto, and added the phrase to American currency;
Reader 3: Whereas America’s first Presidential Inauguration incorporated 7 specific religious activities.
Reader 2: Whereas President Woodrow Wilson declared that ‘‘America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scripture”;
(Music continues to build)
Reader 1:Whereas President Herbert Hoover declared that ‘‘American life is builded, and can alone survive, upon . . . [the] fundamental philosophy announced by the Savior nineteen centuries ago”;