ATLANTA — Monday morning, at the worship service for the inauguration of Brian Kemp as governor of Georgia, held at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead, The Right Reverend Robert C. Wright, Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta prayed for Kemp and his family.
Wright prayed that those who disagree with the incoming Republican governor "bless him when he is fair."
"Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, who delights in service and compassion, send down upon all those who hold elected office in this state the spirit of wisdom, charity and justice; that with steadfast purpose and gentle boldness they may faithfully serve in their offices to promote the well-being of all people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen," said the opening prayer.
Finally, came the final prayer and blessing:
"O Lord, the Governor of every soul, bless those who hold the public trust and serve the common good and especially Brian elected Governor.
Bless his family and his home that he may know the joy and refreshment essential for effective service.
As he exercises the authority entrusted to him, bless him with the faith, wisdom and courage to do your will above all else.
Let those who oppose him bless him when he is fair. Let the foreigner and alien bless him with the title merciful. Let those who are poor bless him by saying he creates opportunity. Let those who are sick bless him when they feel his provision.
Let those who tend the health of the land and water bless him with the label, partner.
Let the children of the state of Georgia bless him when they find life and service to be exemplary.
And let our children's children bless us all as difference makers and good stewards of the blessings of liberty and prosperity.
Bless Brian and all of us with the love of truth and righteousness, and make us ever mindful of our respective callings to serve Your people to your glory...
And finally (leading all in singing)
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.