Life Chain Draws Crowd to Court Square
Shelby County joined 1500 other communities across North America in the 29th annual Life Chain, October 2 on the court square in Sidney. The weather and the turnout were great, with about 100 pro-lifers on hand to display signs and pray for respect for life.
Fr. James Riehle of Holy Angels Catholic Church offered an opening prayer and Erin Gaerke, a first-year Ohio State University student then presented the speech that won her first place in Shelby County’s oratory contest earlier this year.
Attendees held pro-life signs along the streets surrounding the court square. Brisk Sunday afternoon traffic in the downtown area ensured that the message went out to a large number of area drivers and other passersby. Many thanks to all who participated and helped to make the event a success.
RTL at the Fair
Thank you to Karen and Les Berning and all the volunteers who staffed our booth at the Shelby County Fair.
A Prayer for National Elections
O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord, not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.
We thank you for the privilege of being able to organize ourselves politically. And of knowing that political
loyalty does not have to mean disloyalty to you.
We thank you for your law,which our Founding Fathers acknowledged and recognized as higher than
any human law. We thank you for the opportunity that this election year puts before us, To exercise
our solemn duty not only to vote, but to influence countless others to vote, and to vote correctly.
Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened. Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation,
Their response to you requires that they be politically active.
Awaken your people to know that they are not called to be a sect fleeing the world, but rather a community
of faith renewing the world.
Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer Are the hands that pull the lever in the
voting booth; That the same eyes that read your Word are the eyes that read the names on the ballot,
And that they do not cease to be Christians when they enter the voting booth.
Awaken your people to a commitment to justice; To the sanctity of marriage and the family,
To the dignity of each individual human life, and to the truth that human rights begin when human
And not one moment later.
Lord, we rejoice today that we are citizens of your kingdom. May that make us all the more committed
To being faithful citizens on earth. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.