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Justice and Worship

Justice Prayers is a weekly post with 3-5 prayers addressing justice issues from around the world, sent straight to Do Justice subscribers' inboxes every Wednesday. 

Reflect, lament, pray, and incorporate God's ongoing narrative of justice for the vulnerable into your devotional life and congregational worship services.Forward them to your pastor for Sunday's congregational prayer, add them to your church bulletin, print them for use in small groups, or supplement your personal devotions.

See archives from before July 2021 here

Justice Prayers - February 1, 2023

While we live in a world subject to the evil one, we belong to God.  Let us mourn, and let us dance. - Henri Nouwen 


Tyre Nichols’ violent death by police

On January 7, 2023, five police officers from the Memphis Police Department severely beat 29-year-old Tyre Nichols during a traffic stop in Memphis, Tennessee. Nichols was hospitalized in critical condition and died there three days later.

Justice Prayers - January 25, 2023

He calls us all to step aboard his ship, 
Take the adventure on this morning's wing, 
Raise sail with him, launch out into the deep, 
Whatever storms or floods are threatening. 
If faith gives way to doubt, or love to fear, 
Then, as on Galilee, we'll rouse the Lord.  

- The call of the disciples Malcolm Guite

Justice Prayers - January 18, 2023

"Now, for good friends to cheer us, for seasonal weather to envelop us, for good work to engage us, we give You thanks."  - An Evening Prayer Neal Plantinga 

Justice Prayers - January 11, 2022

"God made sky and soil, sea and all the fish in it. He always does what he says— he defends the wronged, he feeds the hungry. God frees prisoners— he gives sight to the blind, he lifts up the fallen." - Psalm 146:3 MSG 

Justice Prayers - January 4, 2023

Simon said, “Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.” It was no sooner said than done—a huge haul of fish, straining the nets past capacity. - Luke 5:5-7 MSG

Justice Prayers - New Years 2023

Lord, thank you for 2022.  I put my 2023 in your hands.  

As we exit 2022 we intentionally pray with gratitude for good news from this year.    


U.S. Climate Legislation in 2022 Reaches New Heights

There were a myriad of legislative and industry successes in 2022, including:

Justice Prayers - Christmas 2022

An Honest Christmas Prayer 
from one who imperfectly longs for justice.

 

...a thrill of hope,
the weary world rejoices...

 

Are we ever ready Lord, 
to welcome you as you've chosen to come?
A powerless child, 
seeing
learning
redeeming 
the world from the bottom up?  
We might not be ready for that, but we are ready for hope.  

 

Justice Prayers - December 14, 2022

“In this day, this season, miracles will grow within, unfurl, bear fruit. And the heart that makes time and space for Him to come will be a glorious place. A place of sheer, radiant defiance in the face of a world careening mad and stressed. Because each day of Advent, we will actively wait. We will wait knowing that the remaking of everything has already begun.” - Ann Voskamp

Justice Prayers - December 7, 2022

"The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running."

-  Jan Richardson


Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

In light of the news from Winnipeg about the serial killings of 4 Indigenous women, we pray:

Justice Prayers - November 30, 2022

"The Lord is coming, always coming. When you have ears to hear and eyes to see, you will recognize him at any moment of your life. Life is Advent; life is recognizing the coming of the Lord."

- Henri Nouwen

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