To the President of City Council, Mr. Darrell Clarke, to Councilwoman Marian Tasco, to the District Councilmembers, and Councilmen and women at-large, certainly this is an honor and a privilege for me today to serve you by leading this Council in prayer this morning. So thank you very kindly.
Would you please bow your heads with me as we go to the Lord in prayer.
Almighty God, supreme ruler of all, we reverence you today and give you praise, for, Lord, it is always our first agenda item to give you glory for your presence among us.
Lord, you alone know the plans that you have for us as your people, and you have the power to make them happen. And so, God, we invoke your presence in this Chamber today to move among these, your leaders, and to impart your wisdom and your will for us unto them. Empower them even the more with your gift of discernment for decision-making as they deliberate over the tough issues and decisions and agenda items of the day. Remind them, oh God, that in the end, the answer lies with you.
Lord, remind them that they serve a public trust that is beyond personal gain and glory, that no city, no community, no nation lives for itself, but, Lord, we live to carry out the responsibility for all of your people for peace, protection, provision, and for social justice.
And, Father, Lord, we do pray that at the end of our day, that our goal will be to ensure that this City of Philadelphia would certainly become even the more the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.
Lord, it is in your name that we pray in this place today. In Jesus' name, let all of the people of God say amen.