Post Election Prayers Bulletin

Welcome

The ushers and the rector welcome the congregation.

Opening Prayers/Call to Worship:

God of all knowledge and power:  As we await the outcome of our national election, ensure the rule of law and its just and fair administration; engender respect for the diverse hopes and expectations of our nation’s people; grant us the patience to wait in peace and prayer; give us the grace to accept the outcome and the courage to voice dissent; heal the divisions which tear at our soul  and the fabric of our republic; and equip us with the vision and strength to be a righteous and faithful partner in the world community; through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, Sovereign, now and forever.  Amen.    

You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but citizens together with the saints and members of the household of God. –Ephesians 2:19

God is Spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and in truth. John 4:24

O God, open thou our lips. And our mouths shall show forth they praise. Glory to God, Source of all being, Incarnate Word, and Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

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.

Amen.

The Readings

THE FIRST READING:

A Reading from the book of Revelation (Revelation 21:1-4)

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
‘See, the home* of God is among mortals.
He will dwell* with them;
they will be his peoples,*
and God himself will be with them;*
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.’

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

THE PSALM (PSALM 34:1-10,22)

I will bless God at all times,
and praise shall ever be in my mouth.

I will glory in the Most High;
let the humble hear and rejoice.

Proclaim with me the greatness of God;
let us exalt God’s Name together.

I sought, and God answered me
and delivered me out of all my terror.

Look upon the Most High and be radiant,
and let not your faces be ashamed.

I called in my affliction, and God heard me
and saved me from all my troubles.

The angels encompass those who fear God,
and God will deliver them.

Taste and see that God is good;
happy are they who trust in the Most High!

Fear the Most High, you that are God’s saints,
for those who fear God lack nothing.

The young lions lack and suffer hunger,
but those who seek God lack nothing that is good.

O God, you will ransom the life of your servants,
and none will be punished who trust in you.

Glory to God, Source of all being, Incarnate Word, and Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

THE GOSPEL READING

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew (Matthew 5:1-12)

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up a mountain. He sat down and his disciples came to him. He taught them, saying:

“Happy are people who are hopeless, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

“Happy are people who grieve, because they will be made glad.

“Happy are people who are humble, because they will inherit the earth.

“Happy are people who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because they will be fed until they are full.

“Happy are people who show mercy, because they will receive mercy.

“Happy are people who have pure hearts, because they will see God.

“Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children.

“Happy are people whose lives are harassed because they are righteous, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

“Happy are you when people insult you and harass you and speak all kinds of bad and false things about you, all because of me. Be full of joy and be glad, because you have a great reward in heaven. In the same way, people harassed the prophets who came before you.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Reflection: The Rev. Mike Angell

Baptismal Covenenant: 

Celebrant:Do you believe in God the Father?
People:I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
Celebrant:Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
People:I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
Celebrant:Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
People:I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
Celebrant:Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
People:I will, with God’s help.
Celebrant:Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
People:I will, with God’s help.
Celebrant:Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
People:I will, with God’s help.
Celebrant:Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
People:I will, with God’s help.
Celebrant:Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
People:I will, with God’s help.

Beloved Community Commitment

“Beloved Community” is the practical image of the world we, as Christians, pray for when we say, “thy kingdom come, they will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Our Diversity task force proposed that as a sign of our valuing diversity, we make this Beloved Community Commitment. The congregation made the commitment together at our 2018 Annual meeting.

Will you commit yourself to the work of being beloved community in which people of diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, and gender identities come together to celebrate our kinship as people who love God and who love the image of God reflected in our neighbors, in ourselves, and in creation?

We will with God’s help.

Will you commit yourself to the work of being beloved community  that is constantly seeking to grow in our relationship with God and each other, and to love and serve our neighbors  (near and far)?

We will with God’s help.

Will you commit yourself to the work of being beloved community that is always striving to learn and practice Jesus’ way of love, especially as he calls on us to break down the walls that separate us, and to examine structures of oppression and their impact on our own lives and the lives of others?

We will with God’s help.

The Prayers of the People

I invite your prayers for the church throughout the world. For our companion relationships with Cristosal and the people and church in El Salvador; and for those in Honduras and Nicaragua facing hurricane Eta. in Pray for the Church throughout the world.

I invite your prayers for our nation, as we await the results of the election. I invite your prayers for all those in authority in our own communities and across this world. Pray for justice and good governance.

I invite your prayers for the earth that God has given us, that we might steward and protect the land and all its inhabitants. Pray for the earth.

I invite your prayers of thanksgiving. Shield the joyous. For what do you give thanks to God?

I invite your prayers of petition for those in any need or trouble, for all affected by the coronavirus. Pray for your own needs, and those of others.

I invite your prayers for that whole cloud of witnesses who have gone before us in faith. Pray for those who have died, especially Rose Shannon.

O God our strength and salvation, hear all our prayers this day, and grant that we may live in the joy of the Resurrection, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray in the way Christ taught us, and in the language of our hearts.

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Concluding Prayer

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one
accord to make our common supplication to you; and you
have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two
or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the
midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions
as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of
your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

The Peace

The Peace is then exchanged.
The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

The Peace is then exchanged. Please do maintain social distance

The Dismissal

Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.