Next Monday a new council will be sworn in. I have been asked to give the invocation. Here is what I have come up with thus far.
Spirit of Life, who calls us to live and work together in community,
we gather here this evening to recognize those people whom this community has chosen to be leaders, guides, and vision-keepers.
We pray that in their work together they would be ready to serve all the people of Atikokan, resisting the urge to listen solely to one group or another.
Grant them the courage to make decisions based less on what is easy or popular and more on a firm belief and vision of what is best for the community in the present and in the future.
Help them remember that they can have different points of view and still listen to each other with respect, that all are working for the good of the town.
And then, when the decision has been made, may they be able to share the decision, to work towards its implementation, to let go of the debate, and move on to the next issue.
May the 7 people we recognize tonight have the vision, the strength, and the will to help lead Atikokan into a new future.
May we who have chosen them be willing to work with them to grow this town into a place where life in abundance for all is made real. Amen.