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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Nation


From the E&R Hymnal:

Almighty God, the Father of mankind, who has commanded us to make intercession for all men, hear us while we pray:

That it may please thee to bless the whole family of mankind from one end of the earth to the other; to destroy every form of tyranny and superstition; to give light to those who sit in darkness and in teh shadow of death; to remember for good all rulers, and to bind all nations in unity, peace, and concord,

WE BESEECH THEE TO HEAR US, O LORD.

That it may please thee to look with favor upon our ocuntry; to preserve to us the blessings of an equal and impartial freedom; to bring in upon us the righteousness of the kingdom of God, and so to control us by thy good Spirit that we may use our liberties only for thy glory and the welfare and progress of mankind,

WE BESEECH THEE TO HEAR US, O LORD.

That it may please thee to bless our President and all who bear office; to rule their hearts in they faith, fear, and love, that they may ever seek thy honor and glory, and that their example may be a power for goodness in the life of this nation,

WE BESEECH THEE TO HEAR US, O LORD.

That it may please thee to bless our law-makers in all their deliberations; to give each one a right understanding, a pure purpose and sound speech that cannot be condemned, and to enable them to rise above all self-seeking and party zeal into the larger sentiments of public good and human brotherhood,

WE BESEECH THEE TO HEAR US, O LORD.

That it may please thee to purge our political life of every evil that would keep back the people from the highest measure of virtue and happiness; to subdue in this nation all unhallowed thirst for conquest and love of vainglory; and to inspire us with calmness and self-restraint, and the endeavor to accomplish thy will everywhere upon this earth,

WE BESEECH THEE TO HEAR US, O LORD.

That it may please thee to prosper the community in which we live and all its institutions; to bless every effort made in our midst to remove the causes of ignorance and crime; to raise the general level of comfort, and to give a higher standard to public and private life,

WE BESEECH THEE TO HEAR US, O LORD.

O God of our fathers, who from generation to generation hast watched over us in love, hear us now in hours of perplexity and need. Revive in all hearts a spirit of devotion to the public good, that strife and tumult may cease, and justice and truth be exalted. Enable the people of this nation and evey nation to live in righteousness and good will, so that the coming of the kingdom of brotherhood and peace may be hastened, and thy will be done upon the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

AMEN.

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