Thursday, January 15, 2009

Prayers for Barack Obama

At our Diocesan Office Eucharist today, we focussed on Barack Obama and his administration as he prepares to take office. I was asked to lead the prayers and came up with the following. I'm still not certain if they're just TOO cheesy but they were much appreciated!

In the name of Jesus and through the power of the Holy Spirit, let us pray to the Father

For Barack Obama as he takes up office and for all the leaders of nations Lord give them wisdom and guide them with your spirit. To each of us as we serve you send your Holy Spirit. Lord if you guide us YES WE CAN

As Barack Obama prepares to begin his time in office with a National Day of Community Service through activities dedicated to serving others in communities help us in the diocese to see how we may best serve those around us. Guide our Bishops and all those who lead your churches to bring your Kingdom. especially today we remember...
Lord if you guide us YES WE CAN

The World is torn by many conflicts and disasters. In the midst of them all are the children of God, frightened in the dark. Lord guide us to bring light to places of darkness.
Lord if you guide us YES WE CAN

There is darkness too in the lives of individuals who are suffering from sickness or distress. We pray especially today for .... and those known to us named in our hearts or on our lips... Lord help us be your ambassadors to those in distress
Lord if you guide us YES WE CAN

Lord you are the same yesterday today and forever, you know our pasts, you are with us now and you guide our futures, in the words of Barack Obama, Lord help us “pursue our individual dreams, but still come together as one family” of humanity Lord in each of our lives show us your way forward for us and show us how we too may show the way forward to others
Lord if you guide us YES WE CAN

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