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Time of Prayer on Election Day
Rev. Kendra plans to be in our sanctuary
from noon-1pm, Tuesday, Nov. 6 (Election Day)
to offer prayers for our country, our community, our world, our elected leaders, and the future we share together.
"I welcome you to drop in as you are able. I will prepare a few simple prayer stations and also be available to pray one on one with individuals.
If you are not able to come by the church, I encourage you to spend a few minutes in prayer, and offer the following prayer to launch your meditations":
Eternal God, as people cast votes in this election, we pray that your compassion, love, justice, and peace would reign.
As people gather to vote in churches, schools, civic centers, and other community centers, may a sense of our interconnectedness prevail. May we remember that all people are your beloved children.
We thank you for the freedom to vote our conscience, and give thanks that you speak to each of us in many ways, including through our conscience.
We know that everyone in our communities will not be pleased with the outcome of this election. Once votes have been cast and the outcome is clear, remind us that our service is only beginning. Help us to courageously reach across our differences to find the common ground made possible by your love for us and for all people.
In all things, may we follow Christ’s example of loving you and loving our neighbors as ourselves.
May this election mark not an end, but a new beginning for your passionate work to make the world the peaceful, loving, just, and merciful place you have always intended it to be.
Taking Intentional Action to Grow in Faith
At the Session (church board) retreat in late August, the Session named taking intentional, personal action to grow in faith as one of our next faithful steps as a congregation. At their meeting in September, the each Session member named one action they are taking between now and January 1 to seek to intentionally grow in faith. Their actions ranged from daily Scripture reading, to prayer during commuting, to reading a daily devotional on their phones, to participating in yoga once a week to promote better spiritual balance in life. Now, the invitation is open to the entire church family. All are invited to name one action you are already taking, or will undertake, between now and January 1 to seek to grow in faith. All are invited to write their intentional action on a paper leaf and hang it on the “tree of growth” in the main entry hallway. As the weeks progress, all are invited to add a leaf celebrating ways they are growing through their actions.
Rev. Dr. Kendra Grams Installation Worship September 29, 2018
Tuesday, November 6th