Years ago, before the founding of this country and up into the middle of the 20th century, candidates for office knew they were being watched. They knew that the person watching would not be afraid to speak out about what he saw wrong, not only in a candidate but in the government as a whole. Contrary to the popular belief of today, the churches of America played a vital role in the founding of the country and continued for years to help keep our Republic true to its original form. The Pastors, as keepers of their communities, believed in their duty to watch out and keep from harm, not only spiritually but physically as well, those that fell under their charge.
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As Paul instructed us in 1 Timothy 2:1, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;” we ask that you join us in a prayer for our civil government leaders on the 13th Anniversary of the 9-11 Attacks.
Most Gracious God, we humbly beseech thee, as for the people of these united States in general, so especially for our leaders – the President, the Congress, the judges, the Governors, the members of the State Legislatures and the local officials; That thou wouldest be pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations, to the advancement of thy glory, the good of thy Church, the safety, honour, and welfare of thy people; that all things may be so ordered and settled by their endeavours, upon the best and surest foundations that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established upon us for generations. These and all other necessaries, for them, for us, and thy whole Church, we humbly beg in the Name and Mediation of Jesus Christ, our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen. (From The Book of Common Prayer, 1870.)