God of righteousness, hear our prayer for the life of our country. Bless all those in positions of authority. Bless the people: rule their hearts and encourage their endeavors for good. Help us to seek service before privilege, public prosperity before private gain, and the honor of your name before the popularity of our own. Give liberty, peace, and joy, and bind us in service to the community and in loyalty to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Adapted from the Book of Common Order, Church of Scotland