A Call to Prayer for our Nation
On Wednesday evening I received an email from a faithful couple who are a part of Trinity. They were inquiring whether we were going to offer an opportunity for prayer on Friday as we begin another chapter in the life of our country. I told them we hadn't planned on it, but we welcomed and embraced the idea.
Therefore, I would like to extend to you an invitation to prayer tomorrow, January 20. You are invited to come to the Trinity Chapel and offer prayers for both our outgoing and incoming Presidents, for our country, its people, and for yourself as you are so led...for wisdom and discernment, for guidance and direction, prayers of questioning, prayers of repentance, prayers for peace and reconciliation, prayers of hope...prayers for whatever is on your heart.
The Chapel will be open from noon to 6:00 p.m. and you may come and go as you like. There will likely be someone present serving as a host to welcome you. You are also welcome to light a candle on the candle racks by the altar as you lift your prayers to God. If you are not able to come to the Chapel, I still encourage you to be in prayer tomorrow continuing the long history of a call to prayer, humiliation and fasting on significant days in the life of our country.
In light of the Inauguration, I offer these words spoken by President Dwight D. Eisenhower immediately before he began his Inaugural Address, January 20, 1953.
"My friends, before I begin the expression of those thoughts that I deem appropriate to this moment, would you permit me the privilege of uttering a little private prayer of my own. And I ask that you bow your heads: Almighty God, as we stand here at this moment my future associates in the Executive branch of Government join me in beseeching that Thou will make full and complete our dedication to the service of the people in this throng, and their fellow citizens everywhere. Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong, and allow all our words and actions to be governed thereby, and by the laws of this land. Especially we pray that our concern shall be for all the people regardless of station, race or calling. May cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those who, under the concepts of our Constitution, hold to differing political faiths; so that all may work for the good of our beloved country and Thy glory. Amen."
Finally, I'll look forward to seeing you Sunday as we worship together and continue our series on "The Vital Signs of a Healthy Marriage." Somehow I got to be the lucky one, and I'm up to preach with the focus on sex and intimacy as a gift from God to be shared together in the covenant of marriage. See you there!
Grace and Peace,