JUNE 5, 2020
There are different kinds of gifts,
but the same Spirit distributes them.   There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.   There are different kinds of working,
but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Grace and Peace,

When the world knocks you to your knees take the time to pray. 

There is little need to recount the horrific events of these past days; we are all too familiar with the brutal murder of George Floyd and the resulting protests for justice that have swept around the world. We have seen the images and read the accounts of clergy and peaceful protesters who encountered heavily armed warriors with tear gas and rubber bullets to force them away from an Episcopal Church so that an election campaign photo could be staged. We have seen evil where love should be. 

We have also seen the enduring love of God. 

God was holding George Floyd in His arms as he died, as God has done countless times before as people of color have been unduly subjected to brutality and death. God is also with us as we witness these events and struggle to make sense of what is senseless. 

So when knocked to your knees I encourage you to pray.

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
– Book of Common Prayer, p. 815

Pray also in solidarity with the protesters.

Loving God, in Jesus you were bullied, beaten, and killed. You are always on the side of those whose souls or bodies are mistreated. While I cannot be present with my body at the protests right now, I stand with all those who stand up for justice and the way of love. Uphold them. Keep them safe. Grant us courage to stand beside all who are harmed by the violence of racism with our bodies and our prayers. Give us the words to speak out for those whose breath has been taken. Enkindle in our hearts the fire of your love that together we might end the scourge of racism that has infected our nation. Amen.
– Episcopal Diocese of Washington.  

Pray for peace, pray for change, pray for God’s enduring love. Pray for the hope that we find in God’s changelessness. 

God be with you until we meet again.
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Dear God,

You have proven that blessing abound when we fall on our knees in prayer, and so we turn to you today.
Surrounded by chaos, hurt and pain and cries for justice, we hear your voice telling us what is required . . .

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin,
and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14

Fill us with your mercy so that we in turn may be merciful to others.
Take away the hurt and pain
in our communities, hurt and pain
caused by untruth, pride, and racism.
Strengthen our hearts to
“Only to do justice and to love goodness, that we may walk humbly with our God.”
Direct our path with your light as we walk humbly toward a future
filled with unity, love and peace.
Be with us, in our efforts, for only by
the prompting of your grace
can we progress towards love and understanding for all.
 
In Jesus' Name,
Amen.
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