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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 - October 25, 2023

My we help the helpless, comfort the mourner, sympathize with the widow and fatherless, and may we always be ready to put up with wrong, to be long-suffering, to be very patient, full of forgiveness, counting it a small thing that we should forgive our fellow-men since we have been forgiven by God.  - Charles Spurgeon 

Justice Prayers - October 18, 2023

Be our primary disease, 
and infect us with your justice; 
Be our night visitor, 
and haunt us with your peace; 
Be our moth that consumes, 
and eat away at our unfreedom.  
Until we are toward you and with you and for you 
away from our injustice, 
our anti-peace, 
our unfreedom.  
- Walter Brueggemann 

Justice Prayers - October 11, 2023

Since every gift comes down from the All-Giver,
How can I choose between the Giver’s gifts
Or say which should come first, the fish or river?

He scatters first, and then calls us to gather,
To lavish on his work our smaller crafts
And sail our praise upstream, back to the Giver.

Which Comes First, the Fish or the River? by Malcolm Guite

Justice Prayers - October 4, 2023

We are dab-hands at fishing: why should we incline
To net people instead? {Matt 4:18ff
‘There’s a catch to convince you that I am divine.’

We’re five thousand famished; you tell us to dine
On two herrings? They’re red! {Mark 6:30ff
‘Except for a soul I will give you no sign.’

Whale Catch Sole Catch Pike Catch Plaice by Michael Ward

Justice Prayers - September 27, 2023

Blessed am I when I am starving for justice.  When the world around me feels so unfair that I could scream, but no one seems to be listening.  No one seems to care.  May justice flow like a river.  - Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie 

Justice Prayers - September 20, 2023

The waters cleanse us with his gentle touch.
And here he shows the full extent of love 
To us whose love is always incomplete,
Though we betray him, though it is the night, 
He meets us here and loves us into light.
- Maundy Thursday Malcom Guite 

Canada says major grocery chains agree to help stabilize prices

Justice Prayers - September 13, 2023

Christ, you met him on the shore.
Guiding them to better waters,
eating fish and sharing bread -
you showed Peter and the others:
You were risen from the dead!

- Peter Said I'm Going Fishing 

Morocco Earthquake Kills Thousands

Over 2500 deaths have been confirmed after an earthquake occurred in Morocco. Rescue efforts have been slow due to lack of resources.  We pray for all those affected and devastated by this disaster.

Justice Prayers - September 6, 2023

So they took a canoe out onto the lake.  Under the light of the moon and stars they worked hard all night.  Again and again they threw out their nets and drew them back in - empty.  Just as the first light of day was dawning, Creator Sets Free (Jesus) came and stood on the shore.  John 21:3-4 (FNV) 

Justice Prayers - August 30, 2023

"He took the five pieces of frybread with the two fishes and held them up to the sky.  He looked up, spoke words of blessing over them, broke them into smaller pieces, and gave them to his message bearers to give to the people.  Everyone ate until they were full."  Luke 9:16 FNV

Florida’s Racially Motivated Shooting

We pray for the victims, their families and for the ongoing plague of ideologically and racially motivated gun violence in the United States.

Justice Prayers - August 23, 2023

“You never so touch the ocean of God’s love as when you forgive and love your enemies.” Corrie ten Boom


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