In response to the events of January 6th, the Trinity bells will toll from 6:50-7:00 PM on Thursday, January 7th.
At 7:00 PM, there will be a short online service of prayer with music.
Dear People of Our Sister Parishes,
Many have wondered after the election when exactly the post-election rhetoric and vitriol would end. Now we are shocked by an act of sedition and violence which is unparalleled in our history. It seems that words do have the power to destroy. Further, this act highlights the growing pains and divisions which have marked our political life for many recent years.
Jesus’ life and message stand in stark contrast to the violence, bitterness, and anger which we saw in our capitol. As Christians, therefore, we are called to voice his message of peace, no matter how we may vote.
In response to these events, the Trinity bells will toll from 6:50-7:00 PM on Thursday, Additionally, at 7:00 PM, there will be a short online service of prayer with music. The link will be posted on our Facebook pages and sent out in our Thursday message.
We recommend these prayers for the following days:
Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
For Our Country
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Sound Government
O Lord our Governor, bless the leaders of our land, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth. Lord, keep this nation under your care.
To the President and members of the Cabinet, to Governors of States, Mayors of Cities, and to all in administrative authority, grant wisdom and grace in the exercise of their duties. Give grace to your servants, O Lord.
To Senators and Representatives, and those who make our laws in States, Cities, and Towns, give courage, wisdom, and foresight to provide for the needs of all our people, and to fulfill our obligations in the community of nations. Give grace to your servants, O Lord.
To the Judges and officers of our Courts give understanding and integrity, that human rights may be safeguarded and justice served. Give grace to your servants, O Lord.
And finally, teach our people to rely on your strength and to accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens, that they may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for the well-being of our society; that we may serve you faithfully in our generation and honor your holy Name. For yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Amen.
Please join us for the service and for this communal plea to our God.
Cooper+, Charlie+, and Deacon Dorothée