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Rick Warren’s Inaugural Invocation

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I was very moved by the invocation by Rev. Rick Warren for Obama’s inauguration. I was glad to find it transcribed by CQ Transcriptions, and published by the Associated Press. Here it is …

Let us pray. 

Almighty God, our father, everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of you alone. It all comes from you, it all belongs to you. It all exists for your glory. History is your story.

The Scripture tells us Hear, oh Israel, the Lord is our God; the Lord is one. And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made.

Now today we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time. We celebrate a hinge-point of history with the inauguration of our first African-American president of the United States.

We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership.

And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in Heaven.

Give to our new president, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity. Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the Cabinet, and every one of our freely elected leaders.

Help us, oh God, to remember that we are Americans, united not by race or religion or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all.

When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us. When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone, forgive us. When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the Earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us.

And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches, and civility in our attitudes, even when we differ.

Help us to share, to serve and to seek the common good of all.

May all people of good will today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet. And may we never forget that one day all nations and all people will stand accountable before you.

We now commit our new president and his wife, Michelle, and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care.

I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, Isa, Jesus, Jesus (hay-SOOS), who taught us to pray, Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.

Amen.

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Larry Parker

posted January 23, 2009 at 8:01 am


Yes, Rick Warren has done much good work, though I find “The Purpose-Driven Life” a bit “Secret”-ish. But my real objection to him giving the invocation was the idea of a clergyman preaching a message of inclusion (invoking Dr. King, no less) when he is documented in his political positions to believe 2-5% of humanity is not equal at all.
(To be fair, Rev. Warren glossed this over on Inauguration Day so as not to offend, and now-President Obama certainly knew Rev. Warren’s anti-gay positions, which made his invitation puzzling.)
Hypocrite (self-appointed) holy men, IMO, are the worst hypocrites of all.



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mululanamna

posted January 26, 2009 at 3:23 am


The holy spirit intervened as usual there were forces at play here and warren was guided to do the right thing pray the Lords prayer and us christians know that in it all was included,regardless of what he said before or didnt say,GOD bless you rick you did us proud.



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Pam

posted January 26, 2009 at 5:31 pm


I agree. I was very impressed with Rick Warren’s prayer. He was not afraid to call on the name of Jesus whether or not he is anti or pro gay. He proclaimed the name of Jesus and to me that was enough.



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posted January 28, 2009 at 12:38 pm


Yes, the reverend’s prayer was OK as it stands, and I commend his inclusiveness. Now that the civility time is over, let’s all go back to our corners and get ready to duke it out, with Great Spirit refereeing. jerome



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