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From The Rectors Desk - November 2, 2018

Dear Friends,

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4.

As people all across our country head to the polls on Election Day this Tuesday, November 6th, we would all do well to consider and strive to live by Paul’s message to Timothy contained in the first four verses of the second chapter of his first epistle. Here, the Apostle doesn’t merely encourage, he urges all believers, all who profess and call themselves Christians, to pray for all people including, and indeed specifically, for all those in authority.

We are told this is good, and pleasing in the sight of the Lord. It is one of the primary reasons why in the Anglican Church our daily offices of morning and evening prayer contain a “Prayer for The President of the United States, and all in Civil Authority” to be prayed at the beginning and end of each day. It is wonderful prayer that can be incorporated into anyone’s daily devotional time. “O Lord, our heavenly Father, the high and mighty Ruler of the universe, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth; Most heartily we beseech thee, with thy favor to behold and bless thy servant the President of the United States, and all others in authority; and so replenish them with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that they may always incline to thy will, and walk in thy way. Endue them plenteously with heavenly gifts; grant them in health and prosperity long to live; and finally, after this life, to attain everlasting joy and felicity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

As we are blessed with the privilege and freedom to vote for our leaders I would encourage us all to add and include the following “Prayer Before an Election” in our daily prayers knowing ultimately that; “God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.” Psalm 47:8

“Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom: Guide and direct, we humbly beseech thee, the minds of all those who are called at this time to elect fit persons to serve in all levels of government. Grant that in the exercise of their choice they may promote thy glory, and the welfare of these United States. And this we beg for the sake of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.”

Yours in Christ,
David Thurlow