Vote Faithfully: Prayers and Resources
“Cast your vote, not on a partisan basis, not based on your biases, but vote your values. Vote the values of human dignity and equality. Vote the values of the rock on which this country was built. Vote.”
-Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 is Election Day. A day we come together as a community, a state, and a country to elect our leaders. This election is unlike any other in our lifetime -- coming in the midst of a pandemic along with many fears and frustrations (on all sides) of our political system. We ask God for courage and wisdom and we pray that our choices lead to peace, justice, and a strong future for our nation.
The Diocese of Missouri encourages everyone to take part in this election. Perhaps you’ve already voted early by mail or absentee ballot. Perhaps you plan to vote in person on November 3. The important point is to VOTE!
“It is a Christian obligation to vote, and more than that, it is the church’s responsibility to help get souls to the polls,” said Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.
“Participating in the electoral process is not simply about supporting a political party or about furthering an agenda, but about sharing in uplifting our common life,” said the Rt. Rev. Deon K. Johnson. “A ballot is, in a very real sense, a statement of faith. Voting is an act of faith. In selecting leaders who will make decisions for our common good, our faith, our values, our neighbors, and our seeking to serve Christ should inform our choice.”
We have gathered many resources to help parishes and individuals participate in this election. And we invite you to join us as we gather virtually with others around the world and right here in our diocese for special election prayer events.
Sunday, Oct. 25:
Vote Faithfully Sunday
Observe Oct. 25 as "Vote Faithfully Sunday" to help folks remember and prepare for Election Day. Reflect on our commitment to the common good, provide others with the information they need to register to vote and to cast their ballot, and prepare to vote as a community.
October 27 - November 4
A Season of Prayer: For an Election
Forward Movement and the Office of Government Relations invite all to join in 9-days of prayer. A novena is an ancient tradition of nine days of devotional prayers, often with a specific intention. In this case, we pray for discernment in voting and for the well-being of our nation.
- Sign up and learn more online.
- Download the prayers
- The prayers will also be posted daily on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, #seasonofprayer.
- Watch an invitation video from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Sunday, Nov. 1 / 3-4:30 (Central Time):
Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead a livestreamed prayer service from Washington National Cathedral. In the midst of pandemic, racial reckoning and a historic election, this service will gather Americans for prayer, song, lament, hope, and a call to love God and neighbor.
- Get more info: https://episcopalchurch.org/holding-hope
Monday, Nov. 2 / 7 p.m.
Evening Prayers for Election Day
After Election Day
Because of the large number of mail-in and absentee ballots, many people project that it may take days or weeks to have complete election results. The diocese and Confluence: A Center for Spirituality will be here to offer resources and prayers as we move forward together.
Vote Faithfully Election Engagement Toolkit (from the Episcopal Church)
List of Public Notaries available around our diocese (there are undoubtedly more)
*Note: Churches, as nonprofit organizations, must follow certain guidelines when participating in elections. Churches may not campaign, openly or otherwise, for or against candidates for public office. IRS guidelines permit houses of worship to involve their members in the political process through education, voter registration, and candidate participation in town halls. Here are more resources on what your church can and cannot do during election season. The IRS also has a publication that you can use as a guide for your election engagement activities titled “Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations.”