Monday, November 03, 2008

Election Prayer

election prayer : prayer for the week

I will take Gavin's advice and lead by praying this prayer, up to Tuesday. After Tuesday, I guess I will have to dind my own prayers to pray. If you wish, join us. ken carter, who wrote this prayer is asking to spread it around.

Creator of us all:
you are the source of every blessing,
the judge of every nation 
and the hope of earth and heaven.

We pray to you on the eve of this important and historic election. 

We call to mind the best that is within us:

That we live under God,
that we are indivisible,
that liberty and justice extend to all.
We acknowledge the sin that runs through our history as a nation:

The displacement of native peoples, racial injustice, 
desecration of your creation, economic inequity, regional separation. 

And yet we profess a deep and abiding gratitude 
for the goodness of ordinary people who have made sacrifices, 
who have sought opportunities, 
who have passionately loved and cared for the earth and its fruits,
who have journeyed to this land as immigrants 
strengthening its promise in successive generations, 
who have found freedom on these shores,
and defended this freedom at tremendous cost.

Be with us in the days that are near.
Remind us that your ways are not our ways,
that your power and might transcend the plans of every nation, 
that you are not mocked.

Let those who follow your Son Jesus Christ 
be a peaceable people in the midst of division. 

Send your Spirit of peace, justice and freedom upon us,
break down the walls of political partisanship, 
and make us one.

Give us wisdom to walk in your ways,
courage to speak in your name,
and humility to trust in your providence. 



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