We offered this opening prayer in our worship on Sunday at Broadway Baptist Church:
O Lord, we come before you today to celebrate you in spirit and truth. But, just because we want to do that does not mean it will automatically happen. Help us, God. Guide our worship. Let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight.
We bring prayers before you today especially for our nation. We have sinned. We ask forgiveness for our pride, arrogance, naivete, materialism, idolatry and injustice.
Turn our hearts toward you, O God. We lift our nation up to you love and peace.
Hear our prayer for Mr. Bush and his family as they leave the presidency, and for Mr. Obama and his family as they enter it.
Capture Barack Obama's head with your wisdom. Deepen his heart with your compassion. Strengthen his hand with your courage.
Keep us and all the nations of the world in your protection and peace.
Through Jesus Christ-- King of all kings, Ruler of all rulers, Lord of all lords-- who lives and reigns with you and with the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.