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Statement from Bishop Ken Carter on the Completion of the 2020 U.S. Election

Statement from Bishop Ken Carter on the Completion of the 2020 U.S. Election


To the People of the Florida Conference,

I wrote this prayer on the eve of the 2008 Election Day for the church I served in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’ve adapted it as the 2020 Election has come to completion.

"Creator of us all:
you are the source of every blessing,
the judge of every nation
and the hope of earth and heaven:

We pray to you in the aftermath of this important and historic election.

We call to mind the best that is within us:
That we live under God,
that we are indivisible,
that liberty and justice extend to all.

We acknowledge the sin that runs through our history as a nation:
The displacement of native peoples, racial injustice, legacies of slavery,
economic inequity, regional separation.

And yet we profess a deep and abiding gratitude
for the goodness of ordinary people who have made sacrifices,
who have sought opportunities,
who have journeyed to this land as immigrants
strengthening its promise in successive generations,
who have found freedom on these shores,
defended this freedom at tremendous cost,
and exercised this freedom through the democratic process.

Be with us in the days to come.
Remind us that your ways are not our ways,
that your power and might transcend
the plans of every nation.
Inspire us to do justice, to love kindness
and to walk humbly with you.

Let those who follow your Son Jesus Christ be a peaceable people
in the midst of division.

Send your Spirit of love, peace and freedom upon us,
break down the walls of political partisanship,
and make us one.

Give us wisdom to walk in your ways,
courage to speak in your name,
and humility to trust in your providence.


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