Webmaster’s note: The following is a verbatim reposting of a press release published by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s main office in Chicago. This statement can be found here on the ELCA website. Regardless of your politics, please continue to pray for our community, our nation, its leaders, and the health of all.
Today, we ask our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America family and friends to join together in prayer for the president, first lady and all who are affected by COVID-19 in the White House, as well as all the people and their families in our nation and around the world who are continuing to suffer or who have died from the effects of COVID-19. In a week when the world grieves more than 1 million lives lost during this pandemic, our prayers are unceasing.
Almighty and merciful God, you are the only source of health and healing; you alone can bring calmness and peace. Grant to us, your children, an awareness of your presence and a strong confidence in you. In our pain, our weariness, and our anxiety, surround us with your care, protect us by your loving might, and permit us once more to enjoy health and strength and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 85).