Common Council Meeting Invocation- City of South Bend July 22nd, 2019
Tonight I come representing the people of First UMC SB. Our family includes hundreds of people who come to the soup kitchen and food pantry and the men who are a part of our Upper Room Recovery Community.
I thank you for this opportunity to lead us in prayer tonight. I will offer a prayer in the Christian tradition, but I invite you to pray in a way that is comfortable to you.
Let us pray:
Holy God, thank You for the many blessings of our South Bend community. Tonight, we pray for those who are in the offices that govern this community and county and pray that they would make wise decisions which are always in the best interests of the community and decisions that bring equality and justice for all people.
Together, we pray for all those who serve our city, as we also pray for all families, schools, and the faith community. You are found in the beautiful diversity found in our city, so help us to embrace this and celebrate this, for this is a gift that you have given us, help us to receive it as the gift that it is.
We pray for peace on our streets and reconciliation between neighbors. We especially pray for the family grieving their loss from yesterday’s gun violence and for those recovering. Give us the grace to listen to one another and then to work together to build a community where everyone feels safe, loved, and wanted here.
Help us create a place where everyone has a sound employment, a roof over their heads, stomachs filled with goodness, and hearts filled with love. This is a vision of your Kingdom and our prayer for this city. May it be so.
In the name of Jesus our Christ we pray. Amen.