Daily Archives: October 5, 2013

Traverse City

I am resident in Traverse City, Michigan for the next two nights.  My boss and I are here for the annual performing arts college fair at Interlochen Academy for the Performing Arts.

This trip is one of my favorite ones of the year.  Our Hampton Inn is directly across the street from the shore of the east inlet of Grand Traverse Bay.  We hit the local brewpub on Saturday evening, then Hofbrau on Sunday evening with some Interlochen faculty after the event is over.  And then on Monday we return to Saint Louis by 11 a.m.  It’s a quick but fun trip to a lovely, pine-treed, flat as a pancake, friendly corner of western Michigan.

Even with the heavy rain, this is a lovely little bit of earth.

At the pub this evening.
At the pub this evening.

At Evening Prayer this evening I read the prayer for sound government, a prayer this especially appropriate today:

O Lord our Governor, bless the leaders of our land, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth.

Lord, keep this nation under your care.

To all who have executive authority and to all who have administrative authority, grant wisdom and grace in the exercise of their duties.

Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

To those who make our laws give courage, wisdom, and foresight to provide for the needs of all our people, and to fulfill our obligations in the community of nations.

Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

To the Judges and officers of our Courts give understanding and integrity, that human rights may be safeguarded and justice served.

Give grace to your servants, O Lord.

And finally, teach our people to rely on your strength and to accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens, that they may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for the well-being of our society; that we may serve you faithfully in our generation and honor your holy Name.

For yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Amen.