Prayers and resources for the General Election

With the General Election just a few weeks away on 6 May, Christians are being encouraged and resourced to make a difference by praying, getting involved – and voting!

In Bishop Lee’s April Letter, he writes: “Being citizens of heaven does not excuse us from participating as citizens of the UK. Rather our status obliges us to engage fully and redemptively in the political process. We need to use our votes wisely and well for Jesus’ sake to create greater wholeness in our society and beyond.”
Read Bishop Lee’s Election letter here >>

Churches across the Diocese and Christian charities are actively engaging in the election by organising hustings.

For the latest upcoming hustings and events, click here >>

CARE has published prayer points for the whole period running up to the election and beyond and also have a website, Make the Cross Count 2010, aimed at equipping the Church for the election.

The Prayer Points cover praying for your constituency, policy issues and political parties, the media and party leaders and candidates. Make the Cross Count contains a wealth of resources, including a guide to holding a hustings (and where they will be held, as CARE hear of them) plus Bible Studies, policy documents and podcasts.
Download the Prayer Points leaflet here >>
Visit makethecrosscount2010 election website >>

The Church of England prayers, for personal use or during church services, remind voters that they can make a difference, ask that the concerns of all may be heard and seek protection from despair and cynicism.

Loving God,
Thank you for caring about how our country is run, and that we have the right to vote for our politicans and government.
But in the run-up to this general election there are so many policies to understand, and so many different points of view to consider.
Sometimes I wonder whether there’s any point in voting, whether anyone cares what I think.
As I choose who I am going to vote for,
help me not to be cynical about politics and politicians,
help me to remember that my vote can make a difference,
and help me vote for those people who will protect the poor and vulnerable, and do all they can to make our nation a place of fairness and peace.
Because you call us to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with you, our God.

Heavenly Father
source of all truth and wisdom, who knows and loves the whole creation,
watch over our nation at election time:
that truth may prevail over distortion,
wisdom triumph over recklessness
and the concerns of every person be heard.

Lord Jesus,
who chose the way of the cross in the Garden of Gethsemane,
help us to turn our backs on self interest
and to support policies that sustain the poor, the vulnerable and the frightened people of this world.

Holy Spirit,
who brought understanding among myriad peoples and languages at Pentecost,
give to all your people a passion for peace
and inspire us to work for unity and co-operation throughout the world and in our political life together.

Read prayers, views and General Synod debates about the election here >>

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