Posts Tagged ‘democracy’

Your Kingdom Come

September 20, 2020

We thank you Lord for those who build your kingdom –

  • for those who step forward to care for us, even at risk to themselves;
  • for those who accept the call to military service;
  • for those who, despite fear and threats, take action in the pursuit of justice;
  • for those who speak up to defend rather than diminish our democratic ideals of community and trust;
  • for those working to ensure all can vote;
  • for those who feed the hungry and provide support to those who have lost their jobs;
  • for those who shelter the homeless;
  • for those who educate our children;
  • for those who comfort the grieving;
  • for those who reach out in hope and healing.

Bless all of these who are doing your kingdom work here and now.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Amen

Deceit

August 30, 2020

Lead us O Lord, through the divisive rhetoric, appeals to fear, misinformation, and other deceits of our political times.

Help us to trust in you and follow your paths.

Awaken us O Lord, to the world as it is and to our own role in its suffering.

Help us to see the possibilities for peace and future prosperity for all.

Create with us O Lord, a democracy and a country where all might thrive.

Let us not be deceived or turned from your ways.

Amen

For Our Elections

August 2, 2020

Today’s prayer is adapted from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.

Lord, please help us protect our elections which are the heart of our democracy.

Guide us in our responsibilities as citizens that we may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for our common good.

Ensure the faithful administration of our voting processes so that the rights of all may be protected.

And in our thoughts and in our actions, help us to align ourselves with your justice and mercy and grace so that we might be a people at peace among ourselves.

Amen

Preserving Our Liberties

July 4, 2020

You my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. Galatians 5:13-15

Lord, we know that freedom isn’t free and democracy is not self-sustaining.

Both take courage, and persistence, and regard for others.

Help us to do our part.

Help us use our freedom not just to claim “liberty,” but to seek justice for all, to care for one another even if that means wearing a mask, and to reach across partisan divides with love and forgiveness.

Open our eyes and our hearts that we might free those who suffer in our economy from want and need and loss of opportunity, and find ways to prosper together.

Help us to seek your truth and serve you O Lord.

Amen

Learning For A Democracy

May 31, 2009

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Ps. 90:12

In everything set them an example by doing what is good.  In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned. Titus 2: 7-8

Lord, may our democratic belief that all men are created equal find expression in our public schools.
Let our children be met with both compassion and the challenge of personal accountability.  Let them be safe.
Help our schools provide real mentors who demonstrate character, effort, and a passion for learning.
Help us to fund our schools in ways that in fact give real opportunity to all.
Help us to provide all students with opportunities to learn through art and music, technical training and service.  Help us to preserve our children’s curiosity, expose them to the ideas and history that will help them aspire to lead worthy lives, and also promote the analytical, independent, and rigorous thinking needed to navigate both modern politics and economies.
Let development of our educational policies be guided by leaders whose concern for our children and our democracy outweighs both the comfort of sticking with existing systems and the attraction of personal power.
Guide us, so that our schools might one day fulfill the Jeffersonian ideal of equipping our children to be the guardians of their own liberty, while teaching them to use that liberty wisely, so that our democratic form of government might survive.
Guide us toward justice and wisdom, O Lord, we pray.
Amen.