Prayer Gathering | Sunday, November 6th | Great Hall
Prayer Vigil | Sunday Evening through Poll Opening, November 8th, 7 AM
We hope to have 36 hours of unbroken prayer. Sign-up for 30 minute shifts and then set your alarm to remind you to pray-in-place where you are during your shift.
Election Prayer Vigil: A Call for Peace, Courage, and Unity.
Anxiety. Fear. Disconnect. Often these words describe the state of our society before elections. We can become anxious about our responsibility of voting. Who best represents our ideas and hopes? The wrong candidate or party succeeding can spur angst of what may be to come. Fear of change or no change can be paralyzing. Panic that the world is broken beyond repair often overwhelms us. Disconnect from our brother and sisters who think differently often occurs. Polarizing issues threaten our relationships and community.
Anxiety. Fear. Disconnect. Although these words can describe our feelings emerging from the political arena, they are in direct opposition of our called life as a Christian.
Angst and fear is not what is promised to us when we follow Jesus Christ. We have no reason for anxiety – only peace --when we call upon God. Indeed, apostle Paul wrote about this to the Philippians:
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. –Philippians 4:6-7
Unity is what God asks of us. We are to be united by the love of Christ and not torn apart by political ideologies. We are to recognize the image of God in each other and love God and neighbor with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. John Wesley recognized this when he penned this advice in his journal for fellow voters in 1774:
I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them: 1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy, 2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and 3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”
Wesley further commented on what it means to sit in difference in Christian community
in his sermon, “Catholic Spirit”:
Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences. These remaining as they are, they may forward one another in love and in good works.
Yes, we are called to rely on our reason and our faith to decide our vote, which can result in different choices, but we are also charged with fostering love beyond opinions and continued prayer for our leaders the day of and after the elections.
Please consider joining us in an election prayer vigil for peace, courage, and unity. The vigil is not about praying for a certain candidate, but rather is a plea for our community and the world to keep God in the center of our vote, to subside angst and fear surrounding the election, and to unite us all in love as we move forward up to and after the election.