It is the day before the inauguration of the 45th President of these United States of America. We expect, as citizens of this country, that this will be a peaceful transition of power – though we know that this year may be different in many ways. So we, as people of God, continue to pray for peace, as well as justice, for all of God’s people.
The prophet Micah wrote these words:
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
Do justice, love kindness (mercy), and walk humbly with your God. Good words for these days, good words for all our days and our lives as God’s people, wherever we are.
In the gospel for this coming Sunday, we hear the account from Matthew of the calling of Simon and Andrew, James and John, to follow Jesus. They left everything, including their father sitting in the boat, to follow Jesus, unsure where it would lead, or what would happen to them.
I believe that call comes to each of us as well, though most likely not quite so dramatically. We are called to follow Jesus as we are able, hearing his commandment to love one another, and also the words of the prophet Micah and so many others about justice, kindness and humility.
St Thomas Church will be open tomorrow, Inauguration Day, for prayer and meditation. Included in this eblast, please find the booklet that will be made available at the church for people to use as a resource for private prayer. Feel free to use it as you are able, wherever you are, in bits and pieces as may fit your time and schedule. Please join in prayer for our nation and our world at this time. Prayer, Scripture and Hymn Resources
There will also be a service of Noonday Prayer on Saturday at noon, which will coincide with similar services being held in the National Cathedral in Washington and in our own Cathedral in Trenton. All are welcome.
Let us pray:
Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Peace and Blessing,