Bishop Ward offers a prayer for this election day and the days to come.
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ.
On this election day, it’s appropriate that we pause and pray together, for our nation, for our state, and for our communities. Let us pray.
“O God of compassion, look upon us with mercy and grace on this election day. Use your church and your people in this time of leadership transition. We pray for the one who will be elected president for the next four years, for the one who will be elected our governor for the next four years, and for all others who will be elected to public leadership. We pray also for those who have offered themselves for public service in our community, state, and nation and who will be disappointed in the outcome. Through Jesus Christ, our good shepherd and great physician, bind our wounds, heal our divisions, and give us gracious hope. Breathe upon us once again your refreshing Holy Spirit for the work and witness of holiness and justice that lies ahead. In faith and unity, we pray. Amen.”
May we who are United Methodists recommit ourselves on this day to both personal and social holiness that indeed, God’s will may be done on earth as in heaven.