ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton responded to events in the U.S. Capitol on Epiphany with prayer and a call for the faithful to stand together and speak out against division and violence threatening our democracy.

“The right to assemble and the right to free speech are enshrined in the Bill of Rights,” said Eaton in the video statement, “but this is neither.  Nor is it a protest. This is not only breaking the law, but it is a threat to our democracy. We pray for all who are in harm’s way, for our congregations that are so close to the Capitol that are bringing prayerful witness for peace and unity. We pray for all of our ecumenical partners nearby as well as our interreligious colleagues.  This is a time for us to stand together and to speak out. Enough is enough. We ask that God would protect our lawmakers, their staff, the staff of the Capitol, the police who are protecting them, the journalists who are bringing us this news, and all  in harm’s way, and I offer this prayer:

Rise up and come to our help, merciful God, for we are in need.

Our spirits are weighed down with fear; our bodies feel as fragile as the dust from which we came.

All that we have trusted seems hidden from sight. Although this moment has come upon our nation, you have not forgotten us. We do not trust in our own power or strength, but in your steadfast love in every generation. Show us your face in this time of trial.  Remind us of your faithfulness, and save us for the sake of Jesus Christ, our lord.



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