Lutherans offer prayers for inauguration

The inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump has become a focal point for division in our country. As people of faith, we at PEACE Lutheran Church can remind ourselves and our neighbors that we believe God is in charge, not politicians nor political parties.

As Americans prepare to welcome our new president on Friday, we can lift up our prayers for unity among citizens, wisdom among our leadership and peace for all people throughout the world.

Leaders in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are encouraging all Lutherans – and all Americans of faith – to pray for peace, justice and wisdom, and for all people maintain hope for the future. Regardless of how we voted, we can rejoice together over a peaceful change of leadership this week.

This prayer is offered by Bishop Mark Holmerud of the Sierra Pacific Synod of the ELCA (the synod is the geographical area to which PEACE belongs). This prayer comes from the ELCA’s Prayer Book for the Armed Services, the guide Lutheran military chaplains use in serving our troops:

“Almighty and Everlasting God, guide the president of the United States, his cabinet and counselors, and all in authority over our nation, that they may be just in purpose, wise in counsel, unwavering in duty. In the administration of their solemn responsibilities, may they uphold the honor of our nation and secure the welfare and protection of all people. Holy Trinity, you show us the splendor of diversity and the beauty of unity in your own divine life. Make us, who come from many nations with many languages, a united people who delight in our many different gifts. Give those whom we have entrusted with authority the Spirit of Wisdom, that there may be peace and justice throughout our land. God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.”

The following prayer is found on page 77 of Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the red hymnal you will find in the pews at PEACE:

A Prayer for the Nation
on Inauguration Day USA

“Almighty God, you have given us this good land as our heritage. Make us always remember your generosity and constantly do your will. Bless our land with honesty in the workplace, truth in education, and honor in daily life. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance; and from every evil course of action. When times are prosperous, let our hearts be thankful; and, in troubled times, do not let our trust in you fail. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.”