Francis Scott Key

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


In 1814 an American lawyer, held on a Royal Navy vessel, viewed Britain’s assault on Baltimore. From the ship, he watched the English rockets’ distinctive glare as they sailed against the dark sky. During the night, fighting continued, but at dawn, the American flag still waved.

Although Francis Scott Key was an attorney, history remembers him as the writer of the American national anthem. Since he was no songwriter, his lofty poem was put to the tune of a popular drinking ditty.

I’m Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge, and no single job description fully defines anyone. Francis Scott Key’s legacy amounted to more than the way he made his money. God’s creativity uses all our gifts, bringing all we are to all we do in the high calling of our daily work.

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men.

(Eph. 6:7)