Almighty God,

Our times are in Your hands,

And our nation is under Your care.

We call upon You

To protect us from all evil,

From the tyrannies of bigotry

And the plagues of ignorance;

From the demons of division

And the desolation of disunity.

Gracious Lord,

Free us from unfettered fear

And release us from self-righteousness.

Unchain us from our past mistakes

And calm us during our present crisis.

Let Your love lead us from turmoil

And guide us back from the brink

Of intolerance and inhumanity.

Keep us mindful of Your Will

And allow us the true hope

Of healing, peace, and faith.

In Your Holy Name,

We beseech You.


Pastor John Stuart

Erin Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, Tennessee.