Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday Prayer 13A/Pentecost 7

O Lord our Governor, bless the leaders of our land, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth.
Lord, keep this nation under your care.

To the President (of the United States - or insert proper titles for national leaders) and members of the Cabinet, to Governors of States, Mayors of Cities, and to all in administrative authority, grant wisdom and grace in the exercise of their duties.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

To Senators and Representatives, and those who make our laws in States, Cities, and Towns, give courage wisdom, and forsight to provide for the needs of all our people, and to fulfill our obligations in the community of nations.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

To the Judges and officers of our Courts, give understanding and integrity, that human rights may be safeguarded and justice served.
Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

And finally, teach our people to rely on your strength and to accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens (and all humankind, all creation), that they may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for the well-being of our society (and all the world); that we may serve you faithfully in our generation and honor your holy Name.
For yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Amen.

From the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, "For Sound Government", page 822. Please adapt it to fit your nation and country, particularly if you are struggling as we are in the United States.

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