Please pray regularly for the election – the prayer from the Church of England (below) can be prayed at each act of worship or event ahead of the election.
A prayer for the General Election
Lord, we give thanks for the privileges
and responsibilities of living in a democratic society.
Give us wisdom to play our part at election time.
Protect us from the sins of despair and cynicism,
guard us against the idols of flase utopias and strengthen us ot make politics a noble calling that serves the common good of all.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
There are many passages in the bible that offer excellent opportunities to speak about the importance of engaging in civic and political life. We are called to be salt and light in our world and as such we bring flavour and brightness into the important things that impact on the way we live together in community. Jesus calls us to consider with great care those who are in particular need.
As Christians we have particular concern for the oppressed, marginalised and vulnerable. So, we should be the voice of those who struggle to be heard. Challenging injustice and calling our leaders to account is a mark of the mission of the church. Speaking publicly about the concerns of your parish and the challenges you face in a clear, courageous and loving way in an effective way to demonstrate that as a Christian community you care and are willing to serve.
So, please do consider looking at bible passages that address cultural, political or civic issues in your church house-groups and talks. Christians in Politics has a useful breakdown of the political implications of each book in the bible - www.christiansinpolitics.org.uk/politics-in-the-bible/