My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear…. Isaiah 65:24
With the beginning of a new Congress and the Inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, our nation enters a new chapter in its history. I am inviting the Diocese of New Jersey to engage in a Weekend of Prayer for our Nation from Inauguration Day, January 21, 2017 and Sunday, January 22, 2017 – the Third Sunday after the Epiphany.
There are five elements to the Diocese of New Jersey Weekend of Prayer for our Nation:
- A special Office of Noonday Prayer at Trinity Cathedral on Saturday, Jan. 21. This will parallel the Service of Prayer that is being offered at The National Cathedral.
- Noonday Prayer at churches throughout the Diocese simultaneous with the special service at Trinity Cathedral
- Encouragement to every person in the Diocese unable to attend one of the Offices of Noonday Prayer to pause at Noon Saturday for a period of personal prayer
- Encouragement for each congregation in the Diocese to incorporate prayers for our Nation in each of their liturgies during the weekend
I encourage you to participate in the special Noonday Prayer Saturday, Jan. 21 at the nearest congregation participating. If you cannot attend, I encourage you to pause at Noon on Saturday, Jan. 21 wherever you may be and offer prayers for our Nation and its leaders.
Praying together, though in different locations, joins us as a diocese with the Episcopal Church and the wider community of faith as the 58th Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at the National Cathedral finishes. Collectively we remind ourselves that God is ultimately in charge and we appeal to Him for the best for our Nation.
Please continue to keep President-elect Trump, our other elected leaders and our nation in your prayers.
Blessings and peace.
Faithfully yours in Christ,
The Right Reverend William H. Stokes, D.D.
12 th Bishop of New Jersey