02 November 2020

PRAYERS FOR ELECTION DAY 2020



Almighty, Ever-Loving God, as the election approaches, we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our cities and states and country, and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community. We ask for eyes that are free from blindness so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters, one and equal in dignity, especially those who are victims of racism and misogyny, abuse and violence, deceit and poverty; for ears that will hear the cries of children unborn and those abandoned, men and women and children oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender. We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing the voice of leaders who will bring us closer to your Kin-Dom. We pray for discernment so that we may choose leaders who seek your will, who live your love, and keep in the ways of your truth as they follow in the steps of Jesus and all who have sought your guidance and direction. Guide us, O God, to your Kin-Dom of justice and peace.

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes.

O God, we seek your presence in this day of elections.
We thank You for the privilege of being able to organize ourselves politically and of knowing that political loyalty does not have to mean disloyalty to You.
We thank You for Your law, which our Founding Forebears acknowledged and recognized as higher than any human law.
We thank You for the opportunity that this election year puts before us, to exercise our solemn duty not only to vote, but to influence countless others to vote, and to vote in wisdom knowing the consequences have a bearing on peace and justice in our nation and throughout the world.

O God, we pray that Your people may be awakened. Let them realize the politics of your Kin-Dom where we are called to love you and love one another.
Awaken Your people to know that they are not called to be a people fleeing the world, but rather a community of faith renewing the world and healing relationships in reconciliation.
Awaken Your people to a commitment to justice, to the sanctity of integrity and transparency, to the dignity of each individual human life, and to the truth our ultimate freedom is in the liberty of serving you and the greater good.
We are thankful that we are citizens of your Kin-Dom and may that identity help makes us all the more committed to being citizens on earth for the common good.

God of mercy, our nation is in a time of great transition.
With all of the injustice and fear in our world today,
we ask you to inspire us and guide us as we participate in the upcoming presidential elections.
We seek a government that upholds and protects human rights and justice for all its citizens,
regardless of race, class, gender, or religion.
Move and inspire us by your presence among us in the most vulnerable in our society.
For their tears are your tears, their pain is your pain, their suffering is your suffering.
In gratitude for the right to vote, we pray. (Anna Misleh)

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart and especially the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace.

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purpose.

Loving God, creator of this world who is the source of our wisdom and understanding, watch over this nation during this time of election. Help us to see how our faith informs our principles and actions.
We give thanks for the right to vote. Help us to hold this privilege and responsibility with the care and awareness it merits, realizing that our vote matters and that it is an act of faith.
Guide us through this election as a nation, state, and community as we vote for people to do work on our behalf and on the behalf of our communities. Help us to vote for people and ballot initiatives that will better our community and our world so it may reflect the values of your Kin-Dom's peace and justice.
Help us create communities that will protect the poor, stand up for the vulnerable, advocate for those who are not seen and heard, and listen to everyone’s voice.
We pray for this nation that is deeply divided. May we come together for the common good and do as you have called us to do — to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you through creation. Help us act out of love, mercy and justice rather than out of arrogance or fear.

Loving God, continue to guide us as we work for the welfare of this world. We pray for places that are torn by violence, that they may know peace.
We pray for communities who are struggling with inequality, unrest, and fear. May we all work toward reconciliation with one another and with you.
Help us to listen in love, work together in peace, and collaborate with one another as we seek the betterment of our community and world. (Rev. Shannon Kelly)

I will light a light in the name of the Maker, who lit the world and breathed the breath of life for me.
I will light a light in the name of the Redeemer who saved the world and stretched out his hand to me.
I will light a light in the name of the Spirit, who encompasses the world and blesses my soul with yearning.
You are the Trinity of love: God above us, God beside us, God beneath us: The beginning, the end, the everlasting One.

O God, Holy One of all Compassion and mercy: we ask that this election would bring out the best is us, and bring the best of all others.
We have been deeply divided and in conflict. Our ways have become directed by fear, marked by hatred, lived in anger, and arrogant in actions.
Heal us, O God, bring our brokenness to the healing of wholeness. Help us to love. Help us to care. Help us to be in hope. Help us to be in love. Help us, O God, for we need you more on this day than at any other time in our life.
Blessed are you and blessed is your Kin-dom, now and forevermore. Amen.