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Invocation for the naturalization of citizens

11:00 April 9, 2010; Broome County Court house, 92 Court st, 2nd floor

by Rev. Douglas Taylor (inspired from a prayer by Annie Foerster)

Eternal Spirit of life and love and light

We gather this morning from many countries and may faith traditions, from many cultures and ways of naming you, O God.  We gather this morning to join together as members of one country: one country that welcomes many traditions, many cultures, and many ways of naming you, O God.

Let our prayer be heard, for aren’t we all one family, with the same wants and needs?  Help us strive for a healthy planet; to work toward peaceful, loving relationships with all humankind; to achieve our vision of seeing all people fed in body and nourished in soul

Let our prayer be heard, for aren’t we all one family, with the same joys and sorrows?  Help us to see our diversity and variety as a gift and a source of beauty as we work toward unity and common fellowship.  Help us to honor our differences as we embrace the brotherhood and sisterhood of all Thy children.

Let our prayer be heard, for aren’t we all one family, with the same longing to be free and live in peace?  Help us this morning to welcome the stranger in our midst and to reach out to others that they may be transformed from strangers into brothers and sisters.

As we recognize those here gathered to pledge themselves to be citizens of our community, help us all, O God, to remember that we are all one family.  Help us to see that the beautiful tapestry of unity can be woven from our variety only through our common efforts to share our community with all who would take part.

Eternal Spirit of life and love and light, be with each of us as we join together as one family, and move us to live with more lovingkindess, peace and justice.

In the name of all that is holy

May it be so. Amen