United Benefice of
Mears Ashby, Hardwick,
and Sywell with Overstone

Our Vicar
Revd Katrina Hutchins

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Praying for our nation

As a nation, we are preparing for a General Election on Thursday July 4th.  It is an time of opportunity and of change, whoever is elected to lead us and to serve us.  Archbishops Justin and Stephen are inviting us to join in a wave of prayer for this vital election.  It has come at a critical time in the life of our nation and its role in some significant issues across the globe: from questions of war and peace, to poverty and injustice, to the very future of the Earth God has given us.

How we will vote matters to God.  Will our vision for our nation over the next five years mirror his?  Let's listen to him in the coming weeks.

Let us also pray for those who will put their names on the ballot cards.  To be willing to serve is to place the wellbeing of others before your own desire for wealth and status.  It is a calling to love as Jesus loves.

General Elections can be bruising.  Words can hurt and harm as well as win or lose votes.  May all of the participants in this campaign seek to speak with truth and justice and with respect and love.

You may wish to say this prayer.

God of the universe,
you know each one of us by name,
and you love us.
Your desire is that we live in love and peace,
with you and with our neighbours,
global and local.
You are calling candidates
to come and serve
as MPs.  It is a very risky calling
as more will lose than win
in this election.
Knowing this, may all who speak
do so with wisdom and truth,
with grace and love;
Lord, we pray.  Amen.

The Church of England is going to publish a servies of daily thematic reflections for the three weeks leading up to polling day.  We will provide a link to this in the coming days and weeks.

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