The following is excerpted from John Adams’ famous speech given to Congress on July 2, 1776:
Notice founding father John Adams’ emphasis upon devotion to Jehovah God, on Independence Day celebrations* for all succeeding generations of Americans: “…commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty from one end of the Continent to the other, from this day forward forevermore…” Take note also of his triumphal ending… “even though we shall rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.”
The first session of Congress convened under the Articles of Confederation in Carpenters’ Hall, Philadelphia, September 7, 1774. Jacob Duche, first rector of Christ Church, opened the session in prayer, reading Psalm 35 in its entirety. Of it, John Adams wrote: “I have never heard a better prayer… it stirred the bosom of every man present.” This event is recorded in the Journals of Congress. These same Journals, meticulously kept by Secretary of Congress, Charles Thomson, enumerate grievances against the ruling power. The 10th article reads thus:
*The Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on July 2, 1776, but actually signed on July 4, 1776.