A Special Note from Bishop Keith

My brothers and sisters,
The events of last week are reminders to us of the fragile bonds that hold us together and they serve to bring us to our knees at the God of peace may establish himself as Lord over every community in our land. I am reminded of Jesus’ great commandment because of the power inherent in love to overcome great strife, injustice and deep grief. I have enclosed two prayers that I hope you might distribute to the members of your congregation if you have not already equipped them and called them to prayer.

I ask one thing more, and that is that you consider what one action you might take to bring Jesus into the tensions that exist in our culturally divided communities. To someone of another ethnicity you might ask, “How may I serve you?” And, to a law enforcement officer you might ask, “How may I pray for you?” Both questions allow Jesus, who is enthroned upon our hearts, a role in healing the nations who live and work in your community. Please join me in praying and working for peace and justice for all.

Your brother,
+Keith
July 13, 2016

A Prayer for Those in Law Enforcement
Most merciful Father, we commend to your tender and loving care the men and women called to serve and protect our communities. Defend them by your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; grant them courage to face their challenges; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be. Uphold, guide and protect them. Make them wise in the exercise of their authority, correct them in any error, protect them from danger, and make them instruments of your peace. This we pray, through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for Our Communities
Heavenly Father, in your Word you have given us a vision of that holy City to which the nations of the world bring their glory: Behold and visit, we pray, the cities of the earth and especially the cities of the United States of America.

Renew the ties of mutual regard which form our civic life. Send us honest and able leaders. Enable us to eliminate poverty, prejudice, and oppression, that peace may prevail with righteousness, and justice with order, and that men and women from different cultures and with differing talents may find with one another Godly expression of their humanity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.