Holy God, whom we call by many names, we give you thanks for the people of Maine who come together today with the strongest sense of hope for the future you desire to give us.

Pour out the abundance of your blessing upon, Janet, our governor; sustain her and her family with joy and refreshment essential for effective leadership.

Fill her with gratitude for all the blessings of life, as well for those disappointments which lead her to rely on you alone.

Stir up in Janet deep trust in your grace for calling her to a second term, and strengthen her with an unending assurance that you have given her everything she needs to fulfill the duties of this office.

May those who oppose her bless her when she is fair.

May those who come to Maine from other countries seeking refuge and promise call her merciful.

May the poor and marginalized, and those without a helper, see in her a governor who creates opportunity.

May all who tend the health of the land and water and air bless our governor by saying, “she’s our partner.”

May children continue to understand themselves to be her teachers.

Above all, equip our governor, and each of us in our 457 towns,  with regard for truth, humility to serve, openness to listen, and love for kindness—for these personify Dirigo, and therein, rests our hope.

And let the people say, Amen.