January 23, 2013

Inaugural Prayer Service

Did you watch the Inaugural Prayer Service broadcast yesterday? If so, I'm sure you'd agree that there were many moving moments. And no one could miss the diversity of all types, not just religious. For me, one of the most poignant moments was when a Jew and Muslim appeared on the podium together and each prayed for peace.

Adam Hamilton, pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, preached the sermon. It was brief and to the point--three points actually. Plain words but profound nonetheless. Adam's words could not be misunderstood. We need a clear vision that we all can agree on together before we can be the nation we are called to be, the nation we want to be. He also told of how people are coming together for mission in his congregation to eliminate child poverty in his part of the country. No matter what their political affiliation or views, his church agreed that they needed to do what they could to help kids. So Church of the Resurrection is partnering with the school system to paint classrooms, tutor kids, send meals home on the weekends in backpacks, and even provide kids with their own bed at home. While Adam Hamilton meant only to illustrate his point, his church can be an example for all of our churches, not just our government.

Yesterday was a good day to be an American. The service was full of pageantry and wonderful music. And it was clear that the congregation was touched. But emotions will fade. What we need is for us all to recommit ourselves to being good citizens and work toward the common good together no matter how you voted. I plan to write my Congress people and tell them just that. I hope you do as well.

Pray for our nation.

Grace, Kathy

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