UNDATED (AP) - Quotes from church services on the first Sunday following the election of Barack Obama.
"We pray for our country, Lord. We need you. We need you. We need you more than we need the Dow to go up. We need you more than we need the economy to change. We need you more than we need physical protection, Father. We need you and your hand to move in our country. So we lift up President-elect Obama and we lift up President Bush and we pray for wisdom for both of these men."
-The Rev. Gregg Matte, First Baptist Church in Houston.
"I imagine that all of us are, like John McCain, intensely pleased at the milestone our nation passed last week: We elected a president who happened to be an African-American. The long arc of history swings toward justice and human goodness after all. It's good for the heart."
- The Rev. Christine Robinson, First Unitarian Church in Albuquerque, N.M.
"Now, I don't want you to be like some of the others, because they're going to expect him to bring about change overnight. We didn't get in this mess overnight."
- The Rev. Shirley Caesar-Williams, Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh, N.C.
"Just because we elected the first black president, does that mean we're done? Hardly."
- The Rev. Don Sutton, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Denver.
"The change is not going to be easy. We have to continue to be prayerful. We were going to pray anyway, whoever was in office."
-Deacon Gayle Wilkerson, Hungary Road Baptist Church near Richmond, Va.
"Give the Lord a hand on this Sunday. Everybody in here should be a couple inches taller on this day. We have something to smile about." - Choral member Sadou Brown, First AME Church in Los Angeles.
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