Healing Prayers for the Nation

by | Nov 3, 2016

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. Jeremiah 29:7

On Wednesday, November 9, we will rise to face a new day in America. We don’t know what the day will bring, nor our response to the decisions we’ll have made. What we do know about this political season is that real damage has been done. Whole segments of our society have legitimate reason to fear for their safety, the foundations of our democracy have been called into question, and after all the votes are counted, the raw emotions and echos of hateful speech will remain. Healing the nation will require intentional effort.

To mark a new beginning, I invite congregations in the diocese to join in common prayer for the nation. At your midweek services on November 9, or the following Sunday, consider dedicating all or part of your worship service to this endeavor. Then invite your friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens to join you.

At Washington National Cathedral, I will preach at all services on November 9: at 7:30 a.m., noon, and 5:30 p.m. I hope other preachers will join me in discerning what Christ would have us do as faithful disciples and citizens of this land. Join us as we delve into our sacred texts for spiritual wisdom and inspiration.

At the Cathedral, we’ll be using the following prayers and biblical texts, taken from the Book of Common Prayer and ecumenical sources. All are are welcome to adapt them for use in services throughout the diocese. May God grant us wisdom and courage for the living of our days.

Collect for the Nation, Book of Common Prayer, p.820

Election Day Ecumenical Service from the Council on Christian Unity

Scripture Readings
Jeremiah 29:4-7
Psalm 46
Ephesians 4:1-6
John 17.20-23