Election statement: Oklahoma Bishop Ed Konieczny

Posted Nov 9, 2016

[Diocese of Oklahoma] Dear Brother and Sisters in Christ:

For all of us, this election season has been a divisive time. It has been a time of contentious campaigning, with all, regardless of political affiliation, left feeling wounded. Now is the time for us to remember that above all, we are brothers and sister in Christ. It is time for us to join together as people of faith and lead the way of reconciliation and healing in the world. It is time for us to renew our commitment to the promises we made in our Baptismal Covenant: to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ; to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves; and to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being. Let us join together as members of the Christian family and move forward with hope for a better world, love for our neighbors, and the trust that our all-knowing, all-loving Heavenly Father’s promises are beyond this world.

I ask all of our congregations to include the Prayer for the President of the United States and all in Civil Authority in their worship services this weekend. Please join us in prayer:

O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to the President of the United States, the Governor of this State, and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.