Saint James Church will be open for an Election Day Vigil from 8:30am to 8:30pm on Tuesday, November 8. The space will be open for anyone who wants a moment of prayer, reflection, or meditation. The church will also include prayers for the election in our worship services the weekend of November 5/6.
The all day vigil stems from a statement made by the Episcopal Bishops in Massachusetts: "As our nation approaches its Election Day on Nov. 8, we have a deep yearning for the Holy Spirit to be present in our national life. Individually, we express this yearning in a variety of ways according to personal conscience. Collectively, we are called to express this yearning through prayer. We must pray that God be at work in our electoral process. We must pray for a peaceful transition, no matter the outcome of our elections. We must pray that the demonization of one another’s opponents which has characterized this election not be further stoked by its outcome. We must pray that all those elected on that day be moved, strengthened and guided by the Spirit, to lead us through fractious and dangerous times. We must pray in gratitude for those who, with sacrifice of self and noble intent, step up to lead our common life."
Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of this land in the election of officials and representatives, that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. [Book of Common Prayer, p. 822]