Amy Mendez, the Presbytery’s Pastor for Church Development and Multi-Racial Ministries, is now in Los Angeles following the death of her nephew, Abner. He died after a long struggle with cancer. Amy asks for our prayers for her, her family and her nephew’s family in this very sad time.
On the day of inauguration, let us also pray for our President, all our governmental leaders and our country. And let us pray that we all assume our responsibility to live and act as Christ’s people. And, then, let us act. From various prayers, The Book of Common Worship offers these words for us:
Lord, keep this nation under your care. Bless the leaders of our land that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and blessing to other nations of the earth.
May leaders be led by your wisdom; may they search your will and see it clearly.
I want to be on your right or your best side, not in terms of some political kingdom or ambition, but I just want to be there in love and in justice and in truth and in commitment to others, so we can make of this old world a new world. (From a prayer by Martin Luther King Jr.) We commend our nation to your merciful care that we may live securely in peace and may be guided by your providence. Give all in authority the wisdom and strength to know your will and to do it. Help them remember that they are called to serve the people as lovers of truth and justice.
May God’s love hold you and all you love and all we together seek to serve.