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Justice Prayers - June 10, 2020

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.  - Psalm 143:8

In response to the continued calls for racial justice around the world, we devote our prayers again this week to confession and the reconciliation of the church.

Inspired by the Belhar Confession

God of all nations, you called us to a new body, unified in Christ and bound by the Spirit. 

Across the divides of rich and poor, race from race, culture from culture, old from young, you called us to a new body of shared faith, shared calling, and shared soul and mind. 

By your death on the cross, reconcile us to one another, O Lord.

Forgive us for false unity that is an affront to your good plans. Where we are to work for one cause and share one hope, we work for ourselves and show apathy and indifference. Where we are to bear one another’s burdens, suffering with one another for the sake of righteousness, our empty promises and shallow words hurt your beloved.   Where we are to admonish one another and serve God together to fight against all which may threaten or hinder unity, we abandon relationship to the point both our words and deeds are bitter and pointless.

By your death on the cross, reconcile us to one another, O Lord.

Prince of peace go before us in our fight for unity. Bear the arms of love and truth to form our body anew today through repentance.  Compel us to lay down our earthly weapons and stand firm in the armor of God. Break down the evil walls of division by giving us the truth, righteousness, and readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Gather up our broken pieces, O Lord, and reform us again today.

By your death on the cross, reconcile us to one another, O Lord.

Becoming (part of) the Answer to our Own Prayers

Movie Screening: The Story of Plastic 

We’re hosting a digital screening of “The Story of Plastic.”  Watch it anytime from the comfort of your home and tune into a discussion group to talk about your reaction and what we can all do next! 

World Refugee Day 

Join us in learning more about refugees and the impact that COVID-19 has had for people locally and across the globe. We have a brand new video series explaining the impacts and action steps for refugee claimants, sponsored refugees, and displaced people.  We also have some great resources that your church can use to support refugees through advocacy, volunteering or welcome, donations, and prayer even in light of COVID-19.  

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