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Pastor Warren's Uncontroversial Prayer

11:03 AM, Jan 20, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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All that fuss for nothing.

Pastor Rick Warren delivered his much-anticipated invocation Tuesday, calling the inauguration of the first black president a "hinge-point of history" that has "Dr. King and a great crowd of witnesses are shouting in heaven."

He asked blessings upon Obama, his family, and all freely elected leaders, saying, "Give to your new president the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead with integrity, and the compassion to lead with generosity."

Warren's prayer was not short on praise for America herself, either:

We are so grateful to live in this land, one of unequal possibility...Let us remember we are united not by race or religion or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all.

He closed by committing "our new president," his wife and children to God's care.

"I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life-Yeshua, Jesus, Jesús," he said before closing with this Lord's Prayer.