Please see below the full text of the Invocation and benediction of last week’s Council’s swearing-in ceremony. Thanks to Mayor Wojahn for sharing the text.
Tonight, we come with hearts deeply thankful for all the gifts we have;
We are thankful to those who have helped us get to where we are, and we are thankful to our current city council members and mayor for all their hard labor, and all their endeavors for our city
Indeed we all come from many places, backgrounds, ethnicities, and by many paths. Yet tonight we all come here inspired by a singular mission….
To struggle for the well-being of all those who inhabit this beloved city we call home
As our newly elected mayor and city council members assume their new responsibilities to lead our city
May they be empowered to bear their responsibility of leadership with utmost integrity, courage, and humility
May we always see in them dedication to service and may they always see in us and willingness to give them support
May they be inspired with courage, wisdom and compassion that they may stand in solidarity with the needy and the poor, defeat prejudice, and unify our city
May they be guided to know and to do what is right, to challenge and defy anything, anything at all, that would diminish justice in this city, in this land and in the world
May we all view this remarkable moment as an invitation to move forward with purpose and intension with the work of repairing a world filled with injustice, hate, and intolerance,
May we understand that we can never become enlightened, Until we become occupied not with being right but with lifting the lives of people around us and healing our families and communities.
May our intentions be sincere, our labor selfless, and may our beautiful city become a shining example for all to follow ………. AMEN
For every ending, there’s a beginning
For every memory, there’s a dream ahead
As we conclude this inauguration ceremony,
May we forever be in awe of all that had to happen in our lives to be here … right now
May we walk the walk of compassion, and bring compassion to the center of our lives
May we cultivate the capacity to see the humanity and dignity of those who disagree with us, and to treat all people, no matter how different, with the reverence they deserve
May we live a purpose bigger than ourselves, understanding that when we do, you and I will begin to transcend our limitations and discover ourselves to be far greater than we have ever imagined.
May we recognize that our lives will be measured not by the titles we carry, but by the number of hearts we heal and the lives we transform
May we be vigilant, such that in our toil and labor of service, our hearts don’t become hardened, our eyes don’t become blind, that we don’t forget where we came from nor neglect those we are meant to serve
May we realize that change doesn’t magically happen; That everything worthy requires effort and sacrifice; That in order to accomplish things we’ve never accomplished; To become people we’ve never been, we must make sacrifices we’ve never made and do things we’ve never done.
May we always be mindful that that the thoughts we dwell on become us, and that everything you and I put out into the world is going to come back. Indeed what you do unto others, it will be done unto you… even more …
IT’S ALREADY DONE
May we walk away from this gathering determined to find ways to an inspired life; Absorb the inspiration of others; and become an inspiration.
May we all walk away with the will and courage to move beyond ourselves and leave our noble mark on our beloved community, city, nation, and all of earth
GO IN PEACE ….