This week’s prayers are written in call-and-response style. One person reads the lines labeled “One,” and the group responds with the lines labeled “All.”
ONE: O God of justice,
Who hears the cries of your people,
We pray for those who are in pain this day.
(Names can be spoken aloud.)
For those suffering under systems of oppression,
For those sick, dying, or mourning,
For our neighbors,
And for one another.
ALL: Love deepens between us, and the Spirit dwells among us.
—Lydia Wylie-Kellermann, in Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, edited and compiled by Britney Winn Lee (Fresh Air Books, 2020)
How do you stay mindful of others’ pain without giving into despair? Join the conversation.
God heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.
—Psalm 147:3 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
ONE: Come marchers, intercessors, artists, and prophets.
Come newcomers and those who have tried, tried again.
ALL: Get close, get close, get closer now.
Draw near, ask questions, sing songs, take steps.
We need you together.
Prayer by Britney Winn Lee
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The final litany from Rally was written by Britney Winn Lee in the beginning days of the global pandemic. This prayer reminds us that hope endures; goodness prevails; people surprise us; and love cannot, has not, will not fail. Watch and listen.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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