An Election Message from Rector Chris Girata
Published November 2, 2020 | 10:00 AM CST
As we approach the next election of our national leaders, I want to offer a word of encouragement and hope. None of us know what Tuesday’s results will be, but we can, in thought, word, and deed, bear witness to God’s love no matter the outcome.
At Saint Michael, we celebrate our civic diversity. We worship, learn, and pray with people who come from across North Dallas, and now from around the world, with extremely diverse perspectives. That diversity is honored here. Jesus calls each of us to come before God with humble hearts, boldly offering praise and prayers, and I know we can continue to do so.
Each one of the people running for office is a child of God. Each one of the people who cast a vote in this election, and those who did not, is a child of God. Our faith is grounded in the universal invitation God offers us through Jesus Christ. No one is denied that invitation.
Our church bears witness to the power of God to unify us, even in our diversity. Each of us, in our imperfection, finds perfect love at the foot of the cross. That perfect love is poured over us, cleansing and healing us of whatever this world hurts. This week, beginning today, we have the opportunity and responsibility to reflect God’s love to each and every person we encounter.
Please pray for our community, our nation, and our world. Please pray for our leaders, for those who are elected and those who are not. And please pray for one another. We are part of a very special faith family, and we need to turn toward each other with a fierce love that can overcome any attempt to drive us apart. If you need extra prayer this week, we are proud to support a live prayer hotline that will be staffed by Episcopal clergy and chaplains, open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. EST from November 1-5, and available by calling 202-998-3510. In addition, our Saint Michael chapels are open for personal prayer during the week.
With great hope,
The Rev. Dr. Christopher D. Girata
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