Reverend Vincent: Faith and Governance
By Sheryl Hamlin
Reverend Audrey Vincent’s invocation for the March 6, 2017 Santa Paula Council meeting set an inspiring tone for what turned out to be a very somber meeting with a council and city facing numerous financial headwinds. Click here for a report of that meeting.
In times when messages of faith are diminishing in public spaces, an invocation is a means to take a few moments to ponder the human purpose in a meditative, non-denominational manner. Take a deep breath and read the invocation aloud.
Invocation for City Council
Eternal One of Many Names,
We thank you for the deep rains that have turned the hills a lush green, promising Spring, reminding us of your many and abundant blessings.
“Thank you for life itself, for the measure of health we need to fulfill our callings, for sustenance, for friendship, for the ability to be involved in useful work and for the honor of bearing appropriate responsibilities.
Thank you for the freedom you have given us to embrace you or to choose not to.
Thank you for loving us even so–from your boundless and gracious nature.” (Source: mbogartministries)
We are grateful for this governing body of elected officials, our mayor and council members, who with diligence, patience, and forethought do the work of the city: making policy, promoting peace, order, and justice.
We ask that “you would graciously bless them and grant them:
- Wisdom to govern amid the conflicting interests and issues of our times
- A sense of the welfare and true needs of our people
- A keen thirst for justice and rightness
- Confidence in what is good and fitting
- The ability to work together in harmony even when there is honest disagreement
- Personal peace in their lives and joy in their task.” (Ibid.)
Bless all who speak here. May all contribute toward furthering understanding, wisdom, and civility.
“It is in your most blessed name we pray,” (Ibid.)
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