God of all nations and peoples, we give thanks for all those who made yesterday’s election possible:
· for all party leaders,
· all candidates,
· all election officials,
· all campaign workers and volunteers,
· all journalists and commentators,
· all satirists, comedians, and cartoonists,
· all sizzlers of democracy sausages,
· and particularly for all voters.
May we all be grateful for the generosity of those who have given freely of their time, their energy, their talents, their intelligence, and their passion to make yesterday a reality.
We pray for all those who now have been given great responsibilities by the voters, as members of either the House of Representatives or the Senate. We particularly pray for …., representing this electorate of ..., and for those who will be representing this state of ... in the Senate. Grant integrity, wisdom, humility, and compassion to all members of both houses of Parliament.
We pray for those candidates who have stood for office but lost, and for those candidates for whom the election result is still unclear. Free each from a sense of anxiety, bitterness, self-righteousness, or self-loathing.
We pray for us all. May each of us have a clear commitment to the well-being of all with whom we share this nation and this world, regardless of:· their race or their culture,
· their faith or their philosophy,
· their gender or their sexuality,
· their political convictions or their political apathy.
We pray in the name of Jesus, who gave us all the mandate to love one another. Amen.