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Prayers for Our Places

For the President of the United States and All in

Civil Authority

“O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We

commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided

by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant

to the President of the United States, the Governor of this

State (or Commonwealth) and to all in authority, wisdom

and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the

love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful

of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus

Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the

Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.”

For Social Justice

“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;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

For Schools and Colleges

“O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges and universities

[and especially Eastern University], that they may be lively centers for sound learning, new discovery and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

For Cities

“Heavenly Father, in your Word you have given us a vision of

that holy City to which the nations of the world bring their

glory: Behold and visit, we pray, the cities of the earth.

Renew the ties of mutual regard which form our civic life.

Send us honest and able leaders. Enable us to eliminate

poverty, prejudice and oppression, that peace may prevail

with righteousness, and justice with order, and that men and

women from different cultures and with differing talents may

find with one another the fulfillment of their humanity;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

In Times of Conflict

“O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us,

in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront

one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work

together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus

Christ our Lord. Amen.”

For Courts of Justice

“Almighty God, who sittest in the throne judging right: We

humbly beseech thee to bless the courts of justice and the

magistrates in all this land; and give unto them the spirit of

wisdom and understanding, that they may discern the truth,

and impartially administer the law in the fear of thee alone;

through him who shall come to be our Judge, thy Son our

Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.”

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