I had the honor of delivering the invocation at the Canyon County Democratic Caucus Tuesday evening at Sage Valley Middle School. It was wonderful to see so many people participating in the political process. Several people have asked me to share the invocation. Here it is:
Holy God, we give thanks for this day of grace and for gathering us from different corners of this county to do the work you have put before us. Before we begin this holy work, we pray for your mercy and wisdom.
For self-centered living and failing to walk with humility and gentleness,
For longing to have what is not ours,
For an unwillingness to see your image in others,
For reluctance in sharing your gifts and for carelessness with the fruits of creation,
For hurtful words that condemn and for angry deeds that harm,
And for squandering the gifts of love and grace,
God of abundance, you have poured out a large measure of earthly blessings: our table is richly furnished and we live in safety and security. Teach us to set our hearts on you and not these material blessings. Keep us from becoming captivated by prosperity, and grant us in wisdom to use your blessings to serve others.
We lift before you all who govern. May those who hold power understand that it is a trust from you to be used, not for personal glory or profit, but for the service of the people. Drive from us cynicism, selfishness, and corruption; grant in your mercy just and honest government; and give us grace to live together in unity and peace.
Help us elect trustworthy leaders, participate in wise decisions for our common life, and serve our neighbors. Bless the leaders of our land, that we may be at peace among ourselves and a blessing to others.
Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred that infect our hearts; break 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.
We pray with grateful hearts. Amen.
(A great deal of this invocation is adapted from the ELW, our congregation’s primary worship resource)