Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Sixty Seven Letters Blessed

Bread for the World encourages churches and congregations to say blessing over messages written during an Offering of Letters before they are sent off to Congress. St. Timothy's Lutheran Church in Albuquerque scheduled its Offering of Letters during Lent, and the letters to Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Rep. Steve Pearce, and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan were arranged around the cross after the blessing.

Heavenly God, in these days of anguish and despair, of hunger that is both spiritual and physical, we ask you to be the living expression of your love and charity for all. We ask that in a hostile climate, we plant your peace and love; that we may be your light during the darkest days; and that in serving the neediest we are a living reflection of your compassion and mercy. We ask that all the letters and personal emails sent to members of Congress arrive with the blessing of your Holy Spirit and that they touch the hearts and minds of our leaders. We thank you, beloved God, for allowing us to serve as the voice of your people. Lord, we ask that you listen to our prayer in the name of your Son and our Lord, Jesus. Amen. 

-From Prayer Over Letters in the Bread for the World Guide for the 2017 Offering of Letters (Page 11) 

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