Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-4
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
Father, we bring before you our own nation and the nations of the world;
Our own leaders, and the leaders of other lands;
Our own freedoms, and the freedoms sought by others;
Our own responsibilities as citizens, and to our neighbours near and far.
Father, we pray for all levels of government in our land – civic, provincial, national.
We pray for integrity in our leaders, that they may serve all people honestly and well.
We pray for a renewed commitment among our politicians to lead with dignity and good purpose, that the cynicism which mars our view of our political processes might be replaced by a restored appreciation for productive work, bipartisanship, and selfless service on behalf of all.
May Canada be to all nations an exemplar of peaceful cooperation, a land where Christian virtues are treasured rather than scorned, a land where care and compassion are valued more highly inflammatory rhetoric and unmitigated greed.
May our rights and freedoms, so dearly won, be marked with new appreciation and determination to extend those blessings and freedoms to all. And may we be every bit as determined to live up to our obligations and responsibilities, as we are to enjoy our freedoms and rights.