Jesus teaches us to come before God with humble hearts, boldly offering our thanksgivings and concerns to God or simply listening for God’s voice in our lives and in the world. Whether in thought, word or deed, individually or corporately, when we pray, we invite and dwell in God’s loving presence. Below you will find prayer resources for our current election season. We hope that you will use these resources yourself, in a small group context, and within your congregation as you pray for our nation together.
“As the people of the United States cast their votes for the office of president and many other offices throughout the land, we gather to pray to the God who is the Creator of us all. We pray that we might learn to stand and hold each other’s hands as the children of God. – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
A Season of Prayer: For an Election
October 27 - November 3
Forward Movement and The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations are calling Episcopalians to come together, asking God for courage and wisdom, thanking God for love and joy. As we move toward the election of leaders for the United States, may we all join in a season of prayer, committing to offer to God our fears and frustrations, our hopes and dreams.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness, a live-streamed prayer service from Washington National Cathedral on All Saints’ Day, November 1, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. EST. Amid pandemic, racial reckoning, and an historic election, the live-streamed service will gather Americans for prayer, song, lament, hope, and a call to love God and neighbor. The service will feature an ecumenical and multifaith array of voices, musical offerings, and prayers. Using a combination of live and visually stunning pre-recorded elements gathered from across the nation, the service will be live-streamed in English and Spanish.
November 1 - November 5
A live prayer hotline in English and Spanish will be open during Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness. The hotline, staffed by Episcopal clergy and chaplains, and in partnership with Virginia Theological Seminary and General Theological Seminary, will be open from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. EST from November 1 to November 5. The line can be reached at 202-998-3510.
Post-Election Prayer Service
Knowing we will need a place to offer prayers for our nation, our communities, and ourselves, we invite you to join the Department of Faith Formation for this time of prayer at 4:00pm ET (service will be no longer than 30 minutes). Sign up to receive the Zoom link.
From the Office of Government Relations’ Vote Faithfully Toolkit, these prayers are perfect for use throughout the election season. They were written by the Rev. Shannon Kelly, Director of Faith Formation and Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministries.
Bulletin Insert Series from Sermons that Work
October 11 - November 1
As the U.S. approaches Election Day, November 3rd, Sermons That Work is teaming up with The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations and four writers from across the Church to reflect on the Christian call to participate in our common life together through voting.
Civil Conversation in Uncivil Times: Practicing Our Faith in the Public Square
October 12 - October 26
This free online course is ideal for Christians looking for ways to be faithful in the midst of contentious politics. Join an award-winning journalist Ray Suarez for four video sessions: The Challenge of Civility, Scripture and Civility, What Civility Might Look Like, and Getting There. Take this course for free anytime between October 12-26.