Selections from the Book of Common Prayer (pages 838 and 822)
For the Nation
Almighty God, giver of all good things:
We thank you for the natural majesty and beauty of this land.
They restore us, though we often destroy them.
We thank you for the great resources of this nation.
They make us rich, though we often exploit them.
We thank you for the men and women who have made this country strong.
They are models for us, though we often fall short of them.
We thank you for the torch of liberty which has been lit in this land.
It has drawn people from every nation, though we have often hidden from its light.
We thank you for the faith we have inherited in all its rich variety.
It sustains our life, though we have been faithless again and again.
Help us, O Lord, to finish the good work here begun.
Strengthen our efforts to blot out ignorance and prejudice, and to abolish poverty and crime.
And hasten the day when all our people, with many voices in one united chorus, will glorify your holy Name.
For an Election
Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the lection of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Rev. Charles Hoffacker is a retired priest of the Diocese of Washington