Prayer for the General Election

Prayer for the General Election

The following is an extract of a letter from our bishops, Martyn and Guli dated 11th November:

"Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
 
As our country prepares for a General Election on December 12th, we are writing this general letter to the diocese to encourage you to engage with this democratic process in the fullest way possible. Whatever your feelings about the Election and all the events which have led to it, we hope that you will pray, act and contribute as part of your ‘everyday faith’.
 
It is significant that the Election falls within the Christian season of Advent as we wait, with anticipation and hope, for the gift of God’s coming among us and the fulfilment of all our longings. Scripture encourages us to pray for all in authority (2 Timothy 2) and to work for the welfare of all in society (Jeremiah 29:7), particularly those who are most vulnerable and least able to support themselves (Proverbs 31:8-9).
 
Please pray specifically for generosity and gentleness in debates, and wisdom in policy formation. It is our firm belief that we need a renewed vision for society built on shared values such as compassion (recognising that every one of us is created in the image and likeness of God), mercy (refusing to exploit others and seeking their welfare before our own) and kindness (simple acts of care for others). These values are part of our history, but they are in danger of being lost as new forces divide people and fragment our communities. The Church of England has published a special prayer for the election –we would like to suggest that you use this each Sunday and in all your services"

 


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