Grace and peace, FPC family.   The last many months have seen terrible rioting in many of our cities, including the horrible assault on the U.S. Capitol building yesterday.  As we all grieve this continuing division and violence, let us pray this prayer today (written by Glen Bell):  

“Gracious and eternal God, in these moments of strife and discord, we pray for our country.   Call us to our better selves, that we may release all anger rooted in self-centeredness. Remind us of our mutual responsibilities to live as a republic, as one people together, grounded on the freedoms and traditions of our constitution.   Free us from any desire to be first or foremost – or to get our own way, no matter the cost.  Instead, grant us strength and courage to listen wholeheartedly to voices long silenced, work together for justice and peace and govern collaboratively as one nation with others far different from ourselves, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.”  

“Let us live honorably as in the day … not in quarreling and jealousy.  Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ…”  (Romans 13:13)