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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 - 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

Justice Prayers - November 23, 2022

“‘Turn your ears our way, God, and listen. Open your eyes and take a long look at our ruined city, this city named after you. We know that we don’t deserve a hearing from you. Our appeal is to your compassion. This prayer is our last and only hope." - Daniel 9:18 MSG


Colorado Springs Shooting

Five people are dead and 17 wounded after a mass shooting inside an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, CO over the weekend.  The event marks more than 600 mass casualty shootings in the US so far this year.

Justice Prayers - November 16, 2022

"I pray to God—my life a prayer— and wait for what he’ll say and do. My life’s on the line before God, my Lord, waiting and watching till morning, waiting and watching till morning." - Psalm 130:5-6 MSG

Justice Prayers - November 9, 2022

In the kingdom of the heavens, no suff'ring is unknown
Each tear that falls is holy, each breaking heart a throne
There is a song of beauty on ev'ry weeping eye
For there is One who loves me

- The Porter's Gate Little Things With Great Love

Justice Prayers - November 2, 2022

The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day. - Proverbs 4:18 

Justice Prayers - October 26, 2022

Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
    stormy winds that do his bidding. 

-Psalm 148:7-8

Justice Prayers - October 19, 2022

“Hope is what you get when you suddenly realize that a different worldview is possible, a worldview in which the rich, the powerful, and the unscrupulous do not after all have the last word.”
― N.T. Wright


Updates from Ukraine

A Russian fighter plane has crashed into a residential building in the southern Russian city of Yeysk, near Ukraine killing 4 civilians. Footage on social media, which has been verified by BBC News, showed a large fireball erupting from what appeared to be a multi-storey building.

Justice Prayers - October 12, 2022

The brave who focus on all things good and all things beautiful and all things true, even in the small, who give thanks for it and discover joy even in the here and now, they are the change agents who bring fullest Light to all the world. - Ann Voskamp 


Refugees in Calgary struggling to find housing

Refugees to Canada who land in Calgary are finding it hard to make ends meet in an extremely tight housing market.  The long term effects  of the high cost of living are hard to overcome for those arriving from life and death situations.

Justice Prayers - October 5, 2022

“Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years" - Genesis 1:14

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