As Election Day draws near, national anxiety is understandably rising, given all that we've been through this year and the issues before us as a people.
One antidote to anxiety is prayer. Bishop Mariann is inviting congregations to take part in an EDOW effort to be a prayerful presence at polling stations within our diocesan bounds on Tuesday, November 3.
The Diocese has asked each parish to form a small group to pray quietly for our democracy and all those exercising their right to vote at the polling station(s) of their choice, at a time of their choosing.
Ray Donnelly is coordinating St. Dunstan's Prayer Delegation for Election Day. If you would like to join him, along with the Rector and other members of this parish, please reach out to Ray directly via email. Each participant will be asked to e-sign a covenant, committing to be a peaceful, non-partisan presence.
More information about this peaceful witness will be available as Election Day grows closer. In the meantime, if you feel so moved to pray for this year's election, we suggest this Collect from the Book of Common Prayer:
Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration
and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected
and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
~"For an Election," BCP, p. 822