Dear Christ Church,
Today I voted. I hope you have too, or are planning to do so Tuesday.
If we are concerned about our nation, our church, or our neighbor there are two vital actions we can take in the next week: vote and pray.
First, on voting . . . a few months ago, in this sermon on Colossians, I reminded us of three things we need to keep in mind during an election year, especially this year: Everyone vote. Part of our call to seek the welfare/shalom of the city is to be good citizens—to pursue the common good. One of the ways we do that is through our votes, whether for one party or another, a third party or a write-in.
 Civil conversation. We want to practice what Dr. Richard Mouw, former president of Fuller Seminary, calls “convicted civility.” Some people are so full of conviction that you are hard pressed to find any civility in the way they talk about others, or to others. Some people are so civil, you’re hard pressed to find any conviction in them. Let’s pursue convicted civility in our words, both in-person and online.
 Welcome to all who seek the truth, the life, and the way! Every Jesus seeker is welcomed, no matter what our political persuasion or party. No political party has it all right; our ultimate allegiance is to Jesus and his kingdom. We have people across the spectrum in our congregation and welcome anyone who wants to come and meet or know Jesus better with us.
Second, let us pray!
Prayer Vigil starts today. You can still sign up for one of the Benedictine hours. Tomorrow’s slots have the most availability. This is a time of corporate intercession for unity, reconciliation, peace, and revival in our nation and the church.
Two Collects for prayer this week:
Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide and direct, we humbly pray, the minds of all those who are called to elect fit persons to serve in federal, state, and local administrations. Grant that in the exercise of our choice we may promote your glory, and the welfare of this nation. This we ask for the sake of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
O God, the Creator of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you in Jesus Christ; in whose Name we pray. Amen.
P.S. Join us this Sunday for an outdoors All Saints worship night, with Eucharist, at 5pm!