Would you please stand for our opening prayer, and remain standing for the reciting of the pledge.
‘Seek the prosperity and wellbeing of the city where I have sent you away to dwell, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its wellbeing you will find your wellbeing.’ (Jer 29:7)
All powerful, all gracious God, who labored to create all that we see and know, who has made us marvelously in your own image, and who has given us the ability to earn a living by our hands and by our minds, we seek your ear today. As your spirit moved across the waters to bring order out of chaos, so move upon our hearts and minds to settle the troubled, ease the burdened, and uplift the discouraged. We come to you on behalf of our community, its citizens, businesses, governments, faith communities, schools and organizations. We pray for peace and prosperity for our neighbors. We pray for a healthy, vibrant and diverse economy where all people are able to comfortably provide for their families, and where abundant generosity overcomes any lack or difficulty. Help us to be leaders and innovators in our fields, finding creative solutions to the problems we face, and the bold will to meet those challenges. We thank you for the leaders we honor today and for others like them, who put service above self – both in their organizations and in the larger community. We ask you lastly to bless us, in the receiving of this food, in our fellowship and in our celebration today, that we remember all we have is by your hand and we are but stewards of life, relationships, and the resources of your glorious creation. May you bless the City of Allen, and us with it, we pray in your most holy Name. Amen.
Introduction of Leona Rupert and Rick Briscoe.