Dear People of the Southwestern Washington Synod,
I urge you to join together in prayer in this time of violence and assault on the very heart of our nation. May God strengthen us to work together as citizens and elected leaders to live justly and lawfully.
Bishop Rick Jaech
We pray for our nation:
Almighty God, bless our land with honesty, truth, honor, and compassion. Save us from violence, discord and confusion; from pride and arrogance; and from every evil course of action.
Where our hearts are fearful, grant courage and hope. Where anxiety is infectious, grant peace and reassurance. Where distrust twists our thinking, grant healing and reconciliation. Where we are surging with hate, fill us with love and peace.
Bring fortitude and comfort to this nation as we grieve the consequences of yet more violence, and teach us all to apply our hearts and minds to your wisdom. All these things we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our savior and true Lord. Amen
[ELW p. 76ff. (excerpts)]
We pray for the whole human family:
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son. Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred that infect our hearts; brake down the walls that separate us.
Unite us in the bonds of love; and through our struggle and confusion, work to accomplish your purposes on earth; so that, in your good time, every people and nation may serve you in harmony, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
[ELW p. 79]